by Sr. Rita Ostry, ND
This Sunday we celebrate Trinity Sunday, acknowledging who God is and how we can know God. We have three short readings, each one with powerful descriptions of God. As I read and pondered each reading one line grabbed my heart and visualized a clearer image of God.
Exodus 34:4-9– It was God crying out to Moses (I am) “…a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity.”
So I ask myself do I truly believe and relate to God as one who sees the struggles of my heart, my desires to do good in spite of my failings and faithfully loving me through the messiness of life? Or am I caught up in fearing God’s greatness, feeling inadequate and not good enough? Maybe it’s time for a paradigm shift!
2 Corinthians 13:11-13 – I was touched by the words “…the God of peace and love will be with you.”
It seems God so desires that we humans learn to live respectfully, graciously honoring the goodness of each other, so that a spirit of love and peace pervades the earth, the universe. Where do I find God’s love and peace? Is it from a smile of a coworker or a kind word from a family member or the neighbor? How do I share God’s love and peace? Do I see anxiety in an elderly person’s face and ask how they are? Do I make a phone call on the spur of the moment because I’m wondering how someone is doing?
John 3:16-18 – In the gospel, the words “so that everyone … might not perish but have eternal life.”
God desires a relationship with us not only on earth but forever. It is so humbling to realize how deeply our God desires to love us, bless us, and comfort us each day. The challenge is to believe God truly sees so much goodness in each one of us. Can we do the same?
As we journey through this coming week may we delightfully discover God’s faithful love, kindness and care for us each day.