All for One and One for All
If you wanted to know what God is like, you couldn’t find a better summary than the motto of the Three Musketeers: All for One and One for All. What is distinctive about the God we Christians worship is that our God is a community. God is not a solitary divine person, ‘goding’ it over all creation, solemnly saying to us “I have made you so now you have to do what I want”. No, our God is very different from that. Our God is three persons who we usually name Father, Son and Holy Spirit. They are so passionately in love with each other, enjoying each other so much, that their love and delight spins out into creation. Creation is not some blobby thing in which we exist but rather God’s playground where we are called to share in God’s delight and love.
Love is so much of the nature of God that it defines us as well. We are made to live in love with each other. Much of the suffering and pain in our world comes from our failure to love. God knows this and didn’t just wipe them away. Rather he sent his Son to live in our midst, suffering our pain, dying our death, and transformed all these – living, suffering and dying – into ways of understanding the immensity of God’s Love. This is all beyond our understanding but we are going to have all eternity to enjoy it.
Holy God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we do not understand you yet we want to join in your dance of love. Loosen us up and free us of our inhibitions that we may enjoy the glory of being your creation. We ask this in Jesus’ name, confident that you will hear us.
Sr Kym Harris osb.