Celebrating and Cultivating our Union with God
Take a minute to think about the flavour of homilies you’ve heard in the past on Trinity Sunday. I wonder if your priests ever bamboozled you with heresies from the second and third centuries like Adoptionism, Arianism and Sabellianism. I remember studying them all at university but to be honest, I had to do a little digging around this week using Dr Google and Wikipedia for a refresher. In doing so, I realised that what’s more important than trying to grasp the unfathomable and bamboozling nature of the Holy Trinity, whom we celebrate today, is simply being conscious of who we pray to and the nature of our relationship with God.
Several years ago when I was in the seminary, three of us students were invited by the Banyo/Nundah Parish to give a talk about the Trinity. The talk was held in their Banyo church – Holy Trinity – and each of us were charged with delivering a five minute presentation about one of the three persons in the Trinity. I felt like I drew the short straw in having to speak about the first person of the Trinity, God the Father (we did actually draw straws). It was a short straw for me because I’d never really prayed to the Father in a personal, intimate way apart from the formal prayers we pray at Mass. Nor was I able, at that time, to conceptualise a relationship with the Father.
Being conscious of who we pray to – Father/Son/Spirit – is important because while all three persons are obviously God, we relate to them in different ways. I’m a real Jesus and Holy Spirit person. I can easily perceive and experience a deeply personal, loving relationship with Jesus. I also find myself praying often to the Holy Spirit whose power I’ve experienced on several occasions over the last few years. I still find it difficult today to pray to the Father but am persevering. The good news is that no matter who you pray to, or whom you identify with, you’re exactly where you are meant to be. The wonderful thing about God however, is that God meets us where we are but never leaves us there.
Over the next week, try to stretch yourself to pray to a person of the Trinity whom you may not be familiar with. Approach them like you would new person: with respect and a desire to get to know them. We have a forthcoming opportunity to gather together outside of Mass and experience the power, love and majesty of God in a deeply person and life-changing way. It’s an opportunity to invest in our faith and, for many of us, try something new.
Next week on Thursday 3rd June at 5.30pm, you are invited to Unity College Chapel – one of our Mass centres at 47 Lomond Cres, Caloundra West – and experience Encounter with the living God. This is the third time we have run Encounter and the first time away from OLR church. Encounter is about sharing fellowship over food and drinks, some teaching on prayer, testimonies, receiving pray in prayer teams, celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
Register by going to the Other Events tab on the Mass Booking page. We look forward to seeing you there and helping facilitate an evening that will fill you up and transform you no matter what stage of life in which you find yourself.