“Behold I am with you to the close of the age.”

Matthew 28:20

Friday, 4 June 2021

Matthew 28:16-20

What kind of God do we believe in?

We see clearly in the quote above that God loves us just as we are! There are no conditions set, simply the promise of God’s presence always. God meets us where we are and it is in the meeting that transformation happens. In the intimacy of connecting and belonging, we find who we are and live from this more fully. We discover our wholeness and holiness. We recognise the uniqueness of who our loving God has created us to be.

In Rublev’s painting of the Trinity, three persons are sitting around a table on which there is a chalice. On the fourth side of the table facing towards you is a mark which it is said used to hold a mirror. In that mirror, you will see yourself. That spot at the banquet of our Gracious God is for you!

God is sometimes described as Lover, Beloved and Spirit of Love. Love is a gift. It is the energy with which the universe has been created. With that same energy, we are invited to share in creating, sustaining, and redeeming God’s creation. It is in receiving that we can give. It is in loving that we grow in love. It asks for an ongoing connection with our God of love.

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

Do I desire to follow Jesus? Does the knowledge that God is always present within me and in all the universe give me the courage to do this? Where will I offer love today?

“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 intimate love 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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