Blog # 253 The God Who Dwells in Us
All of our human experience, as great as it is, is limited. I drink a glass of milk, but not
all the milk there is. I see the moon, but not always. I read a newspaper, but not every
newspaper. My dictionary contains more than 142,000 words. I can use only a fraction
of them. Even if I knew them all, new words are being put into use as we discover and
define the new things we experience in our limited world.
Our limited experience of a limited world is yet open-ended. It can grow and increase
so that I get closer and closer to drinking all the milk there is, seeing the moon always
etc, even though I never arrive at this point. But with our experience of God it is totally
different. All along I am actually drinking milk, and seeing the moon. But " no one has
ever seen God." (Jn 1: 18; 4: 12).
Our experience, always limited, is of something or someone. Adjectives, adverbs,
nouns,pronouns, prepositions express it all. John is strong. Mary is wise and beautiful.
Fred is a butcher. He is Mary's husband. God simply IS. Our mind, our capacity, our
experience stops infinitely short of this. We do not know by our limited experience
what it means. "No one has ever seen God."
God's infinite love was not to be frustrated by the gap between us and our Creator.
God came among us as one of us in Jesus. Jesus believed, as we are called to
believe by human faith in a sole Creator of all that exists. Jesus as God's
messenger taught us of the Father, and the Spirit, and Himself as divine.
The Father is God. The Son is God. The Spirit is God. In our limited human
capacity we do not fully understand our faith in the Holy Trinity. However
it is God's desire that we know and love God personally, and personally
God is Father, God is the Word, and God is the Holy Spirit.
Through this faith of ours we worship the One True God, God the Father, Creator
of all, God the Eternal Word of the Father, sent among us by the Father to be
like us in all but sin and to teach us how best to receive and respond to the
Father's love, and God the Holy Spirit, eternal Love of the Father and the Son,
sent to lead us through Jesus to the Father's eternal glory.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the
beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen !