The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you. (2 Corinthians 13:13 NRSV).
Vicki K. Black in her book entitled Welcome to the Church Year: An Introduction to the Seasons of The Episcopal Church, quoted Gretchen Wolff Prichard as she wrote about Trinity Sunday.
As we struggle to understand the “intellectual puzzle” of the doctrine of the Trinity, she suggests, we need to remember that in our worship the concept of the Trinity “serves rather to draw us into contemplation of God’s experience of God.” Pritchard reminds us that God’s life is a relationship of love, so that when we draw near to that life in worship, we too, are drawn “ever more deeply into love” (p.116).
Contemplative prayer is by itself a mystical experience. The contemplative is open to God’s presence in the ordinary of the day. While contemplative prayer is best experienced in a moment of solitude and silence; the Holy Spirit is certainly not confined to a particular action, at any one moment in time. The Spirit can invite us to worship God in a great Cathedral, a small oratory, out camping, or in the middle of a struggling relationship. The Trinity is about God’s relationship with God with us. The Contemplative seeks to know the fullness of God in relationship; to be opened to the mysterious and tangible God. God who is unseen is visible in our relationship of seeking union with God.
In The Rule of St. Benedict he wrote,
We believe the divine presence is everywhere and that in every place the eyes of the Lord are watching the good and the wicked (Prov 15:3). But beyond the least doubt we should believe this to be especially true when we celebrate the divine Office (RB 1980: The Rule of Saint Benedict in English, Chapter 19, p.47).
Our relationship with God is in our prayer as we live through life. The Divine Office reminds us that everything about us, anything going on with us is part of our interaction with God. As contemplatives, we live into that relationship because our God who loves us completely, is finding us by interacting with us. All that we must do, is remain open to respond to our relationship with God, the Holy Trinity.
How do you experience the mystery of God in your relationship with God?
Brother Anselm Philip King-Lowe, OSB
See. http://www.cos-osb.org .