The opening thoughts of this chapter speak about the way others view God. While I find it difficult to understand how others arrive at those opinions, I find great peace and joy in the Bible’s offering that “God is love.” As Sri states, “The God who is love created us out of love, and made us for his love.” How blessed!! Sri then delves into the complex understanding that God is a Trinity of love. Fr. Michael Gaitley in his book, The ‘One Thing’ is Three says that if the Trinity were not revealed to us, we would have had to invent it. Since true love requires others, Gaitley’s deduction makes sense to me. For God to be love there needs to be, as Sri puts it, “an interplay lover (Father), beloved (the Son) and shared love (the Holy Spirit).”
It is in the image of this Triune God that we were created and called to image the Trinity in the world. The conclusion of this chapter unfolds God’s self-giving love and divine communion. These two attributes become our vocation, our response to the God who is love. Unfortunately, as the author points out, this “stands in stark contrast with what the world says will make us happy” and many people focus on what they can get out of life for themselves. Saint Augustine’s famous prayer to God, “You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you”, is his conclusion that even if we could take in all that the world had to offer, something would still be missing – God. God needs to be at the center of our lives. It is in the Triune God where our hearts find rest.
- While Sri gives some examples, what images have helped you to understand the Trinity?
- Is the doctrine of the Trinity a comfort or a stumbling block for you?
- In what practical ways can we make our lives a gift to God and others?