We are created to be a social being, as God is a social Being. And as the Three Divine Persons have no life whatsoever except in this relativity of action, so have we no life whatsoever except in relative actions towards others. -Richard Meux Benson, SSJE (1824-1915).
Genesis Chapter 1:26a reads, “Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness,,,” (NRSV). Notice the absence of the word “my”. God relates to God’s Self in community. God relates to us in the great community of the Holy Trinity. While we correctly understand the Holy Trinity in our Baptism as Christians, we often miss the mark. The Holy Trinity is about the relationship of God with God’s Self, with us, and us with one another.
The mystery we will celebrate this week in the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, is one of God relating to all humankind through the Incarnate Word. In Christ, God is present among us, relating to us and calling us to relate to God’s presence in one another. Every relationship we are in in the here and now, is an extension of the relationship of God with us, and us with God.
Our Christian Faith, prayer and contemplation are full of opportunities to encounter Jesus, the Word in a relationship deep within ourselves; as we seek God’s presence beyond ourselves. As we will see in the Nativity, God is looking to relate with us when we are in the midst of our messes and most vulnerable state. When we find ourselves in such situations, God reaches out to us through relationships with one another. God hears our cry to be kept warm from the cold. God entrusts Jesus to all of us in a wondrous mystery of relationship, through which the best is yet to come.
Br. Anselm Philip King-Lowe, n/OSB