GOD IN THREE PERSONS: Blessed Trinity. Each distinct though not separate; each real, though whilst we remain in this world, ‘hid from our eyes’; each from before the beginning of the world and therefore present at its beginning; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. One God.

St Augustine says of the Trinity:

Love is of someone who loves, and something is loved with love. So then there are three: the lover, the beloved, and the love.

God is the pulse at the centre of all creation. All that is begins in this ever-loving, ever-present, ever conversing relationship. Here created things find purpose, meaning and fulfilment. Divine Being is a relationship of love — one God in Three Persons. Perpetual Creator; perpetual creativity — the One who shows us, in Three conjoined Persons, that Love is at the heart of the beginning, of the now, and of all that shall be, world without end.

Christians learned very quickly that they could tell whether they were truly entering into the “mystery” of Christ by how well they were managing to love, and to listen to one another. Relationships of love, in conversation and in listening, are what God is all about: this kind of relationship whether between ourselves and God, or between ourselves and our fellows, can well be described as “prayer”.

No surprise then that Jesus gave us the commandment to love God and one another: to imitate his life as one who prayed and wept and laughed in this world, and to imitate his life as one in the One Holy and Blessed Trinity.

Here we begin to see what God really wants from us and what God really wants for us. God’s will and desire for us is, first of all and most of all, that we choose to share his life – that we become more and more deeply a part of that circular conversation of love, of the Divine Smile: the constant, obedient, joyful relationship that is the very core of who God is.

So, the more our lives are shaped and formed by the life of love we see in God the Holy Trinity — the lover, the beloved and the love, the closer we get to our best and most deeply real selves. Or put another way: we become who we really are.