Sunday is the feast of the Trinity.
The Second reading at the Mass for the feast comes from Paul’s letter to the Romans. It speaks about our being drawn into the life of God through the gift of Christ, and about the gift of the Holy Spirit orienting us to the glory of God..
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, by faith we are judged righteous and at peace with God, since it is by faith and through Jesus that we have entered this state of grace in which we can boast about looking forward to God’s glory. But that is not all we can boast about; we can boast about our sufferings. These sufferings bring patience, as we know, and patience brings perseverance, and perseverance brings hope, and this hope is not deceptive, because the love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit which has been given us.
St Paul, beautifully and movingly, traces the progression that can be ours through the work of the Spirit. That said, it is often a progression that can be best discerned when we look back!
Boasting of sufferings is rarely where we start from. Yet, how wonderful it is when a sense of perspective is restored and we can see our struggles and reverses for the passing things that they are. And the constancy and sustenance of God for the glory that it is for us.
- What reversal has most surprised you?
- From which have you learnt most?
Composition by Vladimir Volkow. Russian Museum, St Petersburg. (c) 2015, Allen Morris.