Franciscan Friars "God is with us." This Week's Reflection from Fr. Bob Warren
"God is with us."
has been said by saints that no greater love story has ever been told
than the one that Jesus shared with Nicodemus... that God so loved the
world that He gave His only Son. Martin Luther called this declaration
of love a gospel in miniature, because he said it speaks in only a few
words of the immeasurable dimensions of God's love. Blessed Oscar
Romero, the martyred archbishop of San Salvador, said that if this short
text represents the gospel in miniature then Christ is the homily who
keeps on explaining to us that God is love, that God is power, that the
spirit of God is upon Jesus, and He is the Divine Word.
told us a great deal about God. He told us that God is love, life and
goodness. To be a whole person, we must have a relationship with our
God. We humans do not like being out of relationship with those around
us or our God. Think of the worst moments of your life, when you were
rejected, when you were divorced, when you were cut off from family and
friends. Perhaps you felt betrayed by a friend or you felt isolated. We
do not even like to go to the movies or out to dinner by ourselves, do
human beings are in desperate need for union. Rejection is such an
intolerable hurt because we need to be connected. The driving question
is why? Why this existential driving need for union? Why do the young
flock to malls and single bars? Why are the best moments when unions
occur? And the worst when it is absent? The answer simply and profoundly
is today's Feast of the Holy Trinity. We are made in the image and
likeness of God, and God is communion, is relationship and therefore, so
are we. We reach out for companionship. Every hug or embrace gives
indirect testimony to the Trinity. The Trinity says that God is
relationship, and so we search. The Trinity says that God is community,
and so we seek. The Trinity says that God is love, and so we love. We
cannot help ourselves. We are made in that image and likeness. We mirror
is love, unity, undivided, and we strive for the same. Think of the
most satisfying moments of your life. I would suspect that they were
times when you felt safe and loved. When you sat on your mother's lap,
when you were held and hugged. When you were affirmed, when you were
simply in the silent presence of someone you loved. When you had someone
in your life.
was once a chaplain at a retirement home. After a while, you noticed
the residents who lived long and happy lives, were the ones who had
constant visits from family and friends. So what is the meaning of
today's Feast? It is all about relationship. Relationship is what God
is all about – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. So it is no wonder that we,
who are made in God's image and likeness, are also essentially about
relationship. No wonder when the angel announced that God would become
human, she said that you shall call him Emmanuel, which means God is
is our creator, redeemer, sustainer. God is intimate and transcendent.
God is eternal, but also present in our history. Can any word capture
the one who is beyond our language? Of course not. So if anyone asks you
about the Trinity, do not try to explain it. Just say, "It's about me,
and it's about God, and it is about relationships." When it comes to
God, we are at a loss. Humanity will never understand divinity.
was a boy flying a kite on a cloudy day. The kite, up in the clouds,
was out of sight. He was asked, "How do you know it's still up there?"
The boy answers, "True, I cannot see it, but I can feel the tug. I know
it is there when I feel the tug."
should not get caught up in the details of argument about the existence
of God in the Trinity. Just reflect on your experience of God and soon,
like the holding of the strings of an invisible kite, you will find
sight is unimportant and words are unimportant. When it comes to God and
the things of God, what is important is, like the boy with the kite,
you feel the tug.