Welcoming the Holy

Here we invite you to take time for yourself in personal prayer. The following spiritual reflection offers words and images which we hope will evoke for you an experience of God. 



Opening Prayer 

O God, Trinity in Unity, our minds and hearts cannot understand the mystery of your being. We are Your creatures; we believe Your word; we know Your guiding presence. We praise You for Your love and mercy and ask for the grace to persevere in love and fidelity to You. Praise to You Source of all Being. Word and Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

Reading 2

Corinthians 13:11-13
Brothers and sisters, rejoice. Mend your ways, encourage one another, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the holy ones greet you. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.  



In the 2007 bestselling novel, The Shack, we encounter an unusual manifestation of the three persons of the Trinity. God the Father takes the form of an African American woman who calls herself Elousia and Papa; Jesus is a Middle Eastern carpenter; and the Holy Spirit physically manifests as an Asian woman named Sarayu.
I think the picture of this unusual and loving community is part of what gave The Shack its enormous popularity. It tapped into the personal and relational truth about the Trinity and the multifaceted characteristics of God and God’s response to human suffering.
Now I am not trying to promote this book, yet… I am trying to promote the notion of our God, whereby each one of us is made in the image and likeness of… no matter our skin color, language, social status, expression of faith, etc. … In light of all that is happening in our world and communities today- racial and economic inequity, division, frustration, violence, all in the midst a global pandemic; it may be helpful for us to expand our images of God and God’s response to all our personal and collective pain.
In our desire to image the Liberating and Triune God, may we strive to live in solidarity with all marginalized people including people of color, people living in poverty, the young and the old, people living with disabilities, uprooted people, people living in fear of Covid19, people grieving…
Let us commit to address the justice struggles of our global community, and the justice struggles relevant to our own communities. May we bear witness to the hopeful vision of a just and inclusive Church and society, believing that the Spirit of unity is diversity, that the challenge of the Gospel is justice. Remembering that all of this exists within the dynamic relationships that exist within the community of the Trinity.



Closing Prayer

Blessing of the Two Trinities
God the Creator, You made us in Your image and likeness, 
May we respond to that gift of life and move toward fullness of love.
God the Son, you call all people to equality,
May we imitate your self-emptying humility.
God the Holy Spirit, Your love liberated the world,
May we be open to that love and share liberation with others.
Jesus, Savior of all,
Infuse us with your zeal for your reign in heaven and on earth.
Mary, called to be Mother of God, always open to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit,
May we live your fidelity to the movement of grace.
Joseph, given to us a patron,
May we serve others as you served Jesus and Mary. 


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