Who do you say that I am?
What a fantastic question asked not just to the disciples of Jesus' day but to us as well, and not just about Jesus, but about the triune God (Holy Spirit and God the Father).
Who do you say They are? What forms your thoughts, beliefs and opinions around the Holy Trinity?
R. Scott Hurd offers some possible sources that we might draw from when forming these image (from Ch. 16, When Faith Feels Fragile):
He goes on to say,
"God invites us to grow in our understanding of who he is."
The moment I read this last statement I was drawn to the Scriptures - in God's word there is no guessing who He. It is laid out for us to read and learn. While God is truly unfathomable, He makes himself known through the Scriptures. As much as our human brains can understand the things of God -- it is laid out before us just waiting for us to delve and discover.
It was this very thought that was the premise behind my own book,Three Persons, One God: Growing in Relationship with Father, Son and Holy Spirit. For many years I feared and avoided God based on misinformation and misconceptions. I was, as St. Jerome teaches, ignorant of Christ because I was ignorant of scripture (disclaimer: I twisted St Jerome's words to make my point, but not his truth!)
I knew so little about the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit aside from what I had conjured in my own mind based sadly on many mistaken ideas. While I am not of the Scripture only mindset, tradition was of little help me to me either, since I had failed to pay attention to that as well. Drawing near to the Trinity, to forging a real relationship, had just not happened. Without experiencing God in His own words, I was truly missing out on encountering or growing deeper in relationship with Him.
In researching and developing the Three Persons, One God, sharing book, I discovered a more accurate image of a loving, trustworthy and merciful God. The book takes participants through the scriptures, traditions and Catechism of the Catholic Church, and so to reconcile our idea of who God is with a more accurate reflection of who He reveals Himself to be - Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Other ways of strengthening this image, which will likewise strengthen our faith:
R. Scott Hurd additionally recommends:
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