Today we hear in the first reading Moses addressing God’s people, reminding them of the amazing things God has done for them and how by right, their devotion and worship belongs to God and God alone. But there’s something familiar about the way he recalls the amazing events.
“Ask now of the days of old, before your time,
ever since God created man upon the earth;
ask from one end of the sky to the other:
Did anything so great ever happen before?
Was it ever heard of?” Deuteronomy 4:32
Did anything so great ever happen before? This question posed to the Hebrews was so very true. Was it ever heard of? Indeed, the answer was an astounding “No!” Nothing like what God had done for them had ever been heard of before. What I find so amazing is that we, Christians today, can repeat these words to a whole new set of events that God has done, making Moses’ words to the Hebrews as true for them that day as they are for us today, and even more so.
We have been blessed with entry into God’s divine self – into the life of the Trinity. Through baptism, we receive the greatest gift that will ever be gifted to us – an invitation to life – life to its fullest. God did great things for the Hebrews. God is still doing great things for us today, and it is our simplest and hardest joy to say ‘Yes’ to cooperating with God’s love. It is the work of the Spirit within us that we can even begin say ‘Yes’ to God’s divine love, and the Spirit is the fulfillment of Jesus’ promise: “And behold, I am with you until the end of the ages.”
Parenting has been one crazy roller-coaster of a ride. I remember being pregnant with my first baby and thinking how amazing it was to feel so close to the experience of God’s love. The love between husband and wife being so great that it creates a completely new being. So close to this amazing image of the Trinity, and yet so far away. If there’s one thing parenting has taught me, it’s how much work I need to do on myself in truly actualizing the Love that God gives and its fullness received through baptism. There’s nothing like cleaning up over and over again from a little person training to use the potty to stretch one’s limits in patience. Or when the baby, whose fingers are completely covered in red, red tomato sauce, reaches up and grabs their hair and pulls their fingers through it, followed by reaching out and grabbing your shirt (or pants). All these experiences (and more) continue to remind me of my need for God’s grace in the everyday living. My need for God’s Spirit to guide me still, navigating through these paths of frustration, impatience, anger, and fear. I recognize the paradox between being so close and being so far away at the same time. The only sense that can be made of it is in the unity of the Trinity – being invited and aligned (even if only partially) with the Father, the Son and the Spirit.
This Sunday we celebrate this paradoxical unity between the Three Persons in One – the Trinity. We don’t fully understand the mystery of it, but we do experience it in our own daily lives. My own experiences have given me insight into my relationship with God which only draws me closer and helps me to more fully rely on the Spirit in my life. And being a parent has made me realise one major truth: I can use all the help I can get.