Trinity Sunday Year C
Christian conversion is promoted by conversation. This section is a response to and a development on the knowledge gained from the commentary section.
This Sunday's Exposition
There are many serious issues challenging our world today. Inequality in the distribution of the world’s resources or climate change spring readily to mind. Intractable as these issues may seem at heart the needed response to these challenges is remarkably simple: a change in personal possessive pronouns. Instead of ‘mine’ we need to use ‘ours’. While we operate simply on the basis of our individual desires, we will use the world primarily in selfish and ultimately destructive ways. But if I see myself as belonging to the community of humanity, I not only use the goods of this world with an eye to others’ needs but I also see myself as part of the solution to even the greatest of the world’s problems. With such a transformation I will not only recognise how my actions influence others but also how other actions influence my life. For example, if the work of the Bangladeshi garment workers had been appreciated, their deaths, and the resultant even greater destitution of their families, would not have occurred.
This transformation of determining possessive pronoun is not only necessary for our survival as a race, it is integral to our happiness as a people. If we look to this Sunday’s Gospel, we see why this is so. We are made in the image and likeness of God. This Gospel clearly shows that each person of the Trinity exists totally in relationship with the others. They do not give to each other what knowledge, love or glory is left over after they have attained their own self-fulfilment. Rather their self-fulfilment is attained in giving over of the self to the others and receiving back what the others have to offer. The Son can give his all to the Father, because the Father has given his all to him. Similarly the Holy Spirit gives his all to us because he has received totally from the others. This is not meant to be remote and rarefied theology. It is the power by which we can offer hope to our suffering world and at the same time come to our deepest fulfilment.