God Is a Community of Persons

John ArmstrongLove, The Trinity

Perhaps the most astounding discovery of my last ten years or so has been the realization that God is a community of persons existing in an eternal relationship of love. The Father loves the Son. This is more than a source of doctrinal acknowledgement or confession. It is even more than a source of inspiration. We actually share in this community of persons because He loves each of us with that same unconditional love. This is what St. John tells us when he says, “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son.”

trinity To be a Christian is much more than imitating Jesus. It is certainly more than following his commandments, as important as this really is to living faith. Authentic faith leads us beyond these limits into the richness of a divine relationship. We are called to not only imitate Jesus but to live our lives in Him.

Through faith and Christian baptism we share in the glory that was his before the world began. This gift enables us to share in the interpersonal life of the Trinity. Jesus’ prayer to the Father during his Last Supper (the prayer that began to shape and change my life in the early 1990s) was “As you Father are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us.” In our baptism we are baptized into the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. This is proper to Christian baptism because we are baptized into the triune love of God.

Contemplate this mystery: “The glory I gave to him, he has now given to you (those who believe), so that you may be one in love with us and with all believers” (John 17:22).