“Baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”

Matthew 28:19

Monday, 31 May 2021

Matthew 28:16-20

What kind of God do we believe in?

When we are baptised, we come into communion with God in Christ through the Holy Spirit. God is a God of relationship – three Persons in One. It is a relationship of love. Love is willing the good of the other. The expression of this is their mutual infinite outpouring and infinite receiving.

And it is in this infinite outpouring of love that God created the universe, all of humanity, the animal and plant world and the cosmos. The measure of that love is both infinite and mystery. God created humankind in the image of God. We are wired for God. As St. Augustine says, “Lord, you have made us for yourself and our hearts are restless until they rest in you”.

All who the Spirit of God moves are children of God. Our love for God is one with our love for our neighbour. “If we are in unity with the Spirit, we are in unity with each other, and so we are all one,” Plotinus 295-270 CE. To encounter God who is always within us and amongst us, we are called to seek and recognise God in our ordinary lives and relationships. God is in all things.

That is the kind of God that we believe in, a God of relationships!

How can I open myself to recognising God in my life, in all the ordinary, in the problems and in the joys? Is this relationship something I value? In relationship with God, do I think I can seek to repair and deepen relationships where they may be damaged?

“You, eternal Trinity, are the craftsman; and I your handiwork have come to know that you are in love with the beauty of what you have made, since you made me a new creation in the blood of your Son.” Catherine of Siena (Dialogue, 306)

God of relationships, help me to spread your love in my attitudes and actions.

Amen.

 
Katharine Knowles

Katharine Knowles was educated at the Dominican Convent of Our Lady of Mercy in Springs; and at the University of the Witwatersrand where she did a B.Sc. Physiotherapy graduating in 1973. She worked in this field, except for a few child-bearing years, until retirement in the last few years. She was trained as a spiritual director by the Jesuit Institute. She is deeply grateful for the gift of 3 children and 4 grandchildren (so far). Hobbies include walking, reading, being in nature and travel.

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