Wednesday 16 December 2015

Learning to live the Trinity

Cardinal Braz was insisting the other day, quoting the pope, that we are called to follow Jesus, not alone but in community. Discipleship necessarily involves community. Our religious life is founded - securely - on the Trinity, which is a wonderful mystery of Communion-Love.

We have learnt to adore the Trinity, he said; we have learnt to speak correctly about it; and now we have to learn to live the Trinity.

Christian life without fraternity is impossible and absurd. In this context, the "religious brother" is a reminder to all of this vital dimension of Christian life.

Jesus reveals the mystery of the Trinity. For Kant, the trinity was a matter of indifference: if God were to have revealed himself as 10 persons in one, it would have made no difference, he said. And Karl Rahner, speaking of the way we have ignored the Trinity, said that you could take away the parts in theology about the Trinity, and it would make no difference to the rest.

Jesus is born to bear witness to the truth. He died to gather into one the scattered children of God. The mystery of communion and fraternity is at the very core of the faith.

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