God is a relationship. ~ At first, it may be difficult for us to grasp the idea of many things making up one object, but it isn’t a foreign concept to us. We experience this over and over in our everyday life. An engine, wheels, transmission and many other parts all work in relationship to make one car. A processor, hard drive, RAM, wiring and circuits all work in relationship to make the one computer used to write this reflection. Bronze wire wound around a steel core make up strings that resonate in relationship to a wood soundboard to make up one guitar. We can move these examples from the physical to mystical by looking at ourselves. Two people become one flesh in a relationship of love, and in relationship, the two form one family. Sometimes that family grows further with children, but in relationship, they always remain one family. This is the reality we celebrate in our feast today. A father and a son share the same spirit of love, binding them together as one, our God, the Trinity.
Our readings today invite us into this relationship. We see that God has always been with us, just as He was with the Israelites in the first reading. Our second reading reminds us that we are God’s children and His spirit is living inside of us. This reality led the disciples in the Gospel to hear their great commission and go out to all the nations, baptizing people into this relationship. This truly gives us reason to join in the Psalm, “Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be His own.” ~ God has chosen us, invited us into relationship, and sends us in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit out to all the nations, to invite them into the same relationship of love.
Scripture Reference (Cycle B):
1st: Deuteronomy 4:32-24, 39-40
Response: Psalm 33
2nd: Romans 8:14-17
Gospel: Matthew 28:16-20