Sunday, June 15, 2014

Looking Ahead

Father Perry D. Leiker
By Father Perry D. Leiker

The Second Letter to the Corinthians concludes with a blessing: advice, words of encouragement, and gentle warnings about how to walk the talk and living what has been preached to them (specifically, the Corinthians and us).

The blessing and final words say quite simply: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.” It is not only a blessing of this triune God (one God in three persons), it also reveals to us a lot about our God.

We are invited to relate to God and each person within this God (a mystery in itself) with three actions, one connected to each person: Father, lover; Son, grace giver; Spirit, fellowship maker.

Our story begins way back in Genesis with an all-powerful God — completely other, not approachable in his mightiness, and in no way able to be understood — yet a God who loves us into creation.

After almost 2,000 years of walking with this God in faith, his promise foretold was realized in the birth of Jesus of Nazareth who graced us with his ministry, teachings, examples, and death and resurrection.

When the Son of God was raised from the dead, appeared to his chosen disciples, then prepared them for his final departure as he returned to his Father, the promised gifts of Spirit, unity, love, communion, truth, peace, and abundant fellowship were delivered at Pentecost.

Holy Trinity is the simplest and most direct way for us to give title to our God: Father, Son, Spirit.

Holy Trinity is the clearest and most succinct way to describe what God desires to do for us, to us and in us, that is, love, grace,  and create abundant fellowship among us.

The blessing and final words say quite simply: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.” It is not only a blessing of this triune God (one God in three persons), it also reveals to us a lot about our God.

Our God is in no way abstract and apart from us. Our God involves himself with us by loving, gracing and forming deep unity and fellowship among us. Our God is most holy and loving, and his dwelling among and within us has forever changed us. We take our anointing seriously. We become holy not because of what we do, but because of what has been done to us.

On this Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, we celebrate and worship our God, only to discover how deeply blessed we are.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.

Father Perry D. Leiker is pastor of St. Bernard Church. Reach him at (323) 255-6142, Ext. 112, or email pleiker@stbernard-church.com.

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