Which reminds me, while out sipping wine with a friend, I noticed that whenever he put the glass to his mouth, he would close his eyes. I finally asked, “Why do you do that?” He replied that the last time he had a medical checkup, the doctor told him never look at a drink again.
Today we celebrate the awesome mystery of the triune God, a fundamental truth of Christianity: one God in three; a God completely beyond us yet a God completely within us. To put this mystery simply: the God of the universe became flesh in Jesus (the incarnation) and is alive among us by the power of the Holy Spirit. Yes, one God in three distinctive movements: Father, Son and Spirit.
One of my favorite Broadway plays was Godspell. Especially the song: “O dear Lord three things I pray: to see thee more clearly, love thee more dearly, and follow thee more nearly, day by day. ”
One does not know whether God exists;
not believing in God is bad for one's eternal soul if God does exist;
believing in God is of no consequence if God does not exist;
therefore it is in one's interest to believe in God.
The 19th century novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky wrote, if there's no God, everything
Think about it!
In our better moments, or when some crisis may begin to overwhelm us, we may think about fundamental questions such as: what is the meaning of life? What's my purpose? Surely, we can't be content with the pedestrian adage “eat, drink and be merry.” An orderly universe presupposes an order-er, just as a watch presupposes a watchmaker. The will to live presupposes some purpose for living.
The word of God takes us back to Moses who poses a series of rhetorical questions about God to his fellow Hebrews in the wilderness of Sinai.
Paul in his letter to the Romans speaks about our new relationship with God through Jesus Christ by the power of the Spirit: we are adopted sons and daughters of God and co-heirs to his kingdom. Paul might ask you and me: Do we try to live as best we can in light of our status as sons and daughters of God.
Most people, I think, have a relationship with God, perhaps more subconscious than conscious. Why do I say this? Because we are forever trying to find answers to those fundamental questions of human life that people often ask in moments of crises, for example, the sudden death of a loved one, a life-threatening illness, a broken marriage, the loss of a job or savings, misunderstandings and so forth. In moments such as these, people often do ask questions such as: What is the purpose of life? Where's my life going? Does anyone care what happens to me? These are religious questions, questions we cannot help but answer by the way we live.
Yes, today's Gospel proclaims that God so loved us that he promised to be “with you always, until the end of the age."