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Week of February 11, 2002
Creation echoes the Trinity
By FR. JOHN SPICER
We will now look at the Trinity through the prism of relationship. For the Trinity is a relationship, indeed the acme and the original pattern of all relationships.
We begin with our own selves. For each of us have in our inward being a genuine type of relationship. First, there is our inward self, then the expression of that self when we say, "I," and then follows the esteem or the love we bear ourselves.
This is an earthly trinity to be sure, a weak image only of the heavenly Trinity! But still an image.
Our knowledge of self comes only through years of living. Even in more mature years we keep on discovering new facets of our inward being. Even up to death we'll continue this discovery and will know ourselves fully only in heaven.
Despite being slow learners of self we do have a certain self-esteem. God wants us to have it. For we are made in God's image. Our sinfulness, thanks to God, has never taken away that image.
Thus we are truly an image of the Trinity, feeble and all as we are. But God's grace, through the Son and Spirit, continues to help us increase that image.
In human life we have another image of the Trinity - father, mother, child. From the mutual love of father and mother there is offspring. This is true of all sincere love. Where there is a lover and a beloved there always arises a new creation flowing from that love, again a true image of our Creator.
Today we are discovering more and more about our universe. We know that in all physical reality there are atoms, and within them protons and electrons whirling around in intricately related patterns.
And now we have gone further. We have discovered still smaller bits of physical reality called "quarks." And these quarks are never found alone, but always in twos or threes.
Thus it is that a recent book, referring to relationships has this to say, "Everything is created out of relatedness, sustained through relationships, and thrives on interdependence" (Quantum Theology, page 80).
These new insights help us appreciate more deeply the mystery of the Trinity wherein Father, Son and Spirit possess together the fullness of life.
All creation is thus one echo of the Trinity. We, and all creation through us, give praise and glory to our triune God.
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