Can we ever really know God? Or even Jesus? And what about that Holy Spirit….
We are called to know God as the Father, as a loving and yes sometimes, vengeful God. We are called to know Him as the creator of all the heavens and earth and of all living things.
Can we really know Him? That’s a tall order; ask a lot of us simple creatures. We are limited in our thinking; we have a hard time remembering to get the milk on the way home from work, yet alone to understand the great creator.
Did God go to far this time, asking us to know him in a personal way?
Now Jesus we have a little better chance at, at least he too was a human walking this earth, but still, none of us, as far as I know, can walk on water, or raise the dead. So how can we know him, I mean truly know him. I am sure the apostles asked themselves the same thing. Sure they spent three or so years with him, saw him perform numerous miracles, but did they understand. It would be hard for them to understand, because it’s not something that is part of our daily life, it’s just not normal to see someone cure people just by walking past them.
Is Jesus asking way to much of us, his simple brothers and sisters? He asks us to know him, to follow him and to believe in him, yet we have a hard time even grasping what he did here on earth, not taking in to consideration the fact the he was dead but now he lives.
If trying to grasp God and Jesus isn’t bad enough, they add the Holy Spirit to the mix. He delivers gifts we can not see, fortifies us and lifts us up and is God’s spirit here on earth.
We all say “The Holy Spirit made me do it” or something along those lines, but really, do we know? How do we know it was the Holy Spirit, who has ever really seen it?
Is the Trinity just way to much for us to grasp?
No, I don’t think so; we all have seen, experienced and felt the presence of God, the Father, Jesus, the Son and The Holy Spirit in our lives.
We see them in the everydayness of things, yet we look past them, we hear them in the voice of others, yet we choose not to listen and we feel them in the love of ourselves, yet we choose to numb it.
The Holy Trinity calls us to a greater understand of ourselves, because all three reside in each and every one of us.
We are created in the image of God, yet we refuse to see it.
We are the temple of the Holy Spirit, yet we abuse the temple.
We share humanity with Jesus, yet we fail to live it.
God has provided all we need to achieve what is asked of us, in his loving ways, God has places all the necessary tools in front of us. It could be a friend, who shows up, or even a book you just started to read, or the voice of a child you don’t even know. Regardless of what the tool is, God has provided. Yet will still seem to seek him out, when He is always right here.
Jesus became human, so we could unit with him. So we could understand him, and we could emulate him. Yet we choose to place Him high above ourselves. To place him on a pedestal with a do not attempt this at home sigh on him. We fail to remember that God choose to enter in to our lives as a human, so we could see how to live our lives according to Gods will, not so we could place Jesus on a pedestal. Yes reverence is due, and expected, but we can be, and are called to be just like Jesus.
Yet we choose to find reasons why we can not be like him, sure, most of us can not cure the sick or walk on water. But really that’s not the point, the point is Jesus did all he did out of love for God, his father, and ours. That’s how we get to really know Jesus, but loving God as he loves God.
The Holy Spirit, this mysterious ghost who gives you the words you need when you need them, or lifts up your spirit when it needs a boost. Of the three people seem to have the hardest time with the Holy Spirit. But really it should not be that hard, the Holy Spirit is the image of God, which is in us, and it is the same Holy Spirit that gave Jesus the courage and strength to face his everyday trials yet alone his passion, death and resurrection.
We, as simple beings, tend to try to complicate things to much. I really think we do this to we can feel smarter, or greater then what we really are. God is not asking to much of us, but rather we are giving to little.
Allow the Holy Spirit room in your soul, give Jesus your heart and God your being, offer yourself over to the power of the Holy Trinity and then just see what happens next!