In a Mirror Dimly

After all the people were baptized, Jesus was baptized. As he was praying, the sky opened up and the Holy Spirit, like a dove descending, came down on him. And along with the Spirit, a voice: “You are my Son, chosen and marked by my love, pride of my life.” Luke 3:21-22

First this: God created the Heavens and Earth… God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss. God spoke: ‘Light!’” - Gen. 1-1-3a

God's three-in-oneness is a mystery we see in Scripture but don't fully understand.  As the Apostle Paul confesses, "now we see in a mirror dimly, but then [eventually] face to face."  In the service on Sunday, we explored a variety of images and metaphors that helped us wonder about this God we love.

  • Notice the similarities between Luke 3 and Gen. 1, the God who speaks reality into being, the Spirit hovering over the waters like a bird, the Son spoken by the Father, sent as Light to the world...
  • Look for a moment at the Trinity as represented by an artist commissioned for the Lakota people and as imagined by writer Madeleine L'Engle and then director Ava DuVernay. 
  • Church father St. Augustine meditated on the community of God as Love, Lover & Beloved.
  • St. Ignatius of Loyola understood the Trinity through the fullness and resonance of three notes creating one beautiful chord.

Is there an image that would be helpful for you to sit with today, an image that seems to invite you in more strongly than the others in this moment?  Imagine yourself sitting with this God, knee to knee, face to face, and just be for a few moments.  What emotions does this bring up for you?