Friday, September 14, 2012

The Spirit as a Witness of God's Love

220px-H_Agia_Triada_Moni_Vatopediou_Agion_Oros.JPG.jpgAs some of you may know, I recently reentered the seminary. Before classes began, my brother seminarians and I had the chance to take part in a silent retreat. This was my first silent retreat, and there were a lot of good meditations I had. Among them, though, was one on the role of the Holy Spirit in our participation in the Divine Life of the Holy Trinity. I would like to share a short reflection I wrote during retreat.


I thought of something after I prayed my Rosary this evening. I was reading Father Stinissen's book Into Your Hands, Father. On page 46, he says:

This is no shadow of conflict in the Holy Trinity. Each one consents to the will of the other. The Father is the source of life. He wants to give of himself and beget a Son who is like him. The Son is willing to reflect the Father's being. He wants to be the Word of the Father and nothing else. "He who has seen me has seen the Father" (Jn 14:9). The Spirit is witness to this mutual love and desires to be nothing else.

This intrigues me because it is the Spirit who descended on Mary, and by His power Jesus was born of Mary into the flesh. John 3:16 says: "For God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that those who believe in him might not perish, but may have eternal life." Though Christ is the Sacrament of God the Father, it is the Spirit who is the witness of the love the Father has for the Son and all of creation. When we surrender our wills to the Father, we become Christ, and the Spirit acts through us to give witness this love.