A RELATIONSHIP WITH A LIVING GOD
Most of the time we can’t understand everything about God. Even the mass- we can’t comprehend it all- we can’t get our heads around it. But thank God, the Church tells us that the Trinity is a mystery which means officially we can’t understand it. It’s good that the Church tells us that upfront. So how do we make some sense of it?
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three persons in one God. They love each other perfectly; they are in a perfect relationship; complete unity. And because they are three persons in one God, they are in relationship. They are in perfect unity.
Often, we think of God the Father as being the one who created us. Jesus, who redeemed us; and the Holy Spirit who sanctifies us and makes us holy. But all three are together -and they are in a relationship with each other. One cannot be separated from the other.
As Catholics, we believe that God is a living God. A living God means a God who interacts in our life, who responds to us; who knows our needs, our victories and our sufferings. God, whom we can talk to and who responds back to us. God who guides us through life, and who wants to be active in our lives.
God is not distant. He knows our needs, our wants, our desires, and what makes us happy. There was a song out years ago by Bette Midler called “From a Distance” God is watching us from a distance- that’s not our God- God watches over us- responds to our prayers and our needs.
Even our afflictions have a purpose. Everything that happens in our lives has a purpose, has a meaning, produces good. The second reading says that we even boast of our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance,
and endurance, proven character, hope, and hope does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.” That’s a lot to comprehend but it means that in our trials we become stronger, we grow in our character, til finally, we reach a point that we can be hopeful in all things. We learn through the challenges that we face; which comes along in any situation in life; sufferings are part of that discipline; it is like exercise for the soul. We grow in knowing that we can handle any situation which comes along
In other words, we can have complete peace when we have been perfected by our struggles.
So that we may know God better, and to be in closer relationship with Him, God speaks to each of us, the way we speak to him. So if we are informal in our prayer- Hey Lord, How you doin’? God responds to us in the same way we speak to God.
God doesn’t sound like a GPS or a computer speaker. God speaks to us in actual words in ways that we can understand. God doesn’t use big words or words we don’t know the meaning of. God speaks to children and adults, and since God knows us each intimately, He uses the same phrases we use. All the time being respectful to us.
We are in a relationship with God from conception to all eternity. God watches over us while we are being formed. God is a presence throughout our lives, even when we are not speaking to God. The Holy Spirit is called the hound of God, the one who constantly looks for us.
Whether we are aware of it or not, God is always with us, relating to us and seeking to draw us closer. God is not complex but simple.
Today, we can rejoice because our God loves us and wants us to be close to Him.