If I do not go, He will not come… 31May2015

It seems – at least from my very simple-minded human perspective – that only one person of the Holy Trinity can be in one place at any one time. Jesus told the Apostles that He had to leave so that the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit, would come. At the same time He talks about returning to the Father but when Philip asks Him to, “show us the Father,” He replies, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father”(Jn. 14:8-9), and later He is more specific when He tells them that, “The Father is in me and I am in the Father”(Jn. 10:38). What’s going on here?

We often attribute – again in our simple-minded mentality – works of God to a specific person of the Holy Trinity. The Father is called Creator, the Son, Redeemer, and the Holy Spirit, Sanctifier. There was a time when some thought, for the sake of gender neutrality, we should use these titles in Baptism, not realizing the blasphemy they were suggesting.

The fact is, all three persons are always together. We see the Father as Creator but John begins his Gospel telling us that Jesus was there “in the beginning”(Jn. 1:1) and in Genesis we read that “the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters”(Gen. 1:2). At Jesus’ Baptism we see the Holy Spirit, in the form of a dove, hover over Christ as the Father says, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased”(Mark 1:10-11). When the Holy Spirit overshadows Mary at the Annunciation, Jesus, seed of the Father, is conceived in her womb; the Son of God becomes man, uniting His Trinitarian divinity with humanity.

“At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known”(1 Cor. 13:12). Part of that “as-in-a-mirror” image is our own. We cannot fully comprehend the mysteries of God so we “humanize” them in an effort to help achieve understanding but our understanding is partial. Only when we see God face to face will we fully understand.

Deacon Richard


2 Responses to “If I do not go, He will not come… 31May2015”

  1. Deacon Antonio Sandoval

    Richard, the Gospel of John does not say that Jesus was there in the beginning, It says that the Word, the Logos was there in the beginning. There was no Jesus until Mary gave her “Fiat” and the Word became flesh, that is until the hypostatic union took place. The word is eternal, Jesus is historical. More could be said, but suffice for now.

    • Deacon Richard Borda

      …and Mary was preserved from original sin by a prevenient grace emanating from the paschal mystery that took place decades after her conception. When we delve into the mystery of Christ’s Alpha and Omega, specifically the timelessness of the Holy Trinity’s existence, it can be quite challenging to our fragile, human minds… at least for me. 🙂

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