Trinity Sunday Year C
Reflection is an essential element of our growth in Christ. As we reflect over what we have learnt and ponder it in our hearts, we come to recognise the presence of God in our lives.
This Sunday's Reflection
I live near the small township of Emu Park. The observant driver passing through might be struck by how much land in the centre of town has been set aside for communal purposes: the huge Beaman Park, the Youthshack, the CWA hall, ES Training area, Museum, Art Gallery... the list goes on. Though these properties are held under a variety of title deeds they witness to a strong sense of community and a commitment to community endeavour by our forbears. Even though this communal sense continues I wonder if our contemporaries would be so generous is utilising such prime real estate in so unremunerative a manner. We have such a strong sense of ‘it is mine and mine it shall stay – unless I am financially reimbursed well’
In this Sunday’s Gospel, the word ‘mine’ is repeatedly used- not as a way of saying ‘I hold this for myself’ but rather as, ‘I am a conduit for passing this on.’ In that sense, the one from whom the person has received is recognised, the one/s receiving are noted. So we see the Son giving to the Holy Spirit, having first received from the Father. The Holy Spirit then gives to us so that we may pass on in turn. Giving and receiving in community is the very ground of our being. St Catherine of Siena said, ‘You have only truly received something when you have given it away.’