By Fr. Roy Cimagala
Center for Industrial Technology and Enterprise (CITE)
Talamban, Cebu City
Since we have been created in the image and likeness of God, we have to see to it that we reflect in our life the very life of God who is one yet three persons. The dynamics of that divine Trinitarian life has to drive our life here on earth also.
One consideration we can make to help us attain that ideal is to realize that in the Trinity, it is the Father who continually sends the Son and the Holy Spirit to us. In other words, in that Trinitarian life, there is a perpetual dynamics of sending and being sent.
This is what the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us. “From the very beginning until the end of time, when the Father sends his Son he also sends his Spirit who unites us to Christ in faith so that as adopted sons we can call God “Father” (Romans 8:15). (137)
This is also what we should try to have in our life here on earth. We have to send ourselves always to others—first, to God, and then to all the others. Like in the Trinitarian life, we should always be doing the process of sending and being sent, that is, both the sender and the sent.
So, to those of us who wonder how we can develop a relationship with God that is attentive to his Trinitarian life and activity, the idea of sending and being sent can be most helpful to us.
Like the Father, we should always be doing the act of sending. In other words, we cannot be just self-enclosed, unmindful of the others. We have to reach out. We need to send something. In this case, of course, what we send is actually not just something but our own selves, just like the Father sending his own Son and the Spirit to us. We have to send the best of ourselves.
Like the Son, we have to be willing to be sent in a way that is most faithful to the sender and his will. Since the Son is the perfect bridge between God and us, that is, one that reaches both ends, God and us, and not just coming from one end and goes to the other but without reaching it, we should also see to it that we, as sent, have to come from God, reveal everything that God has meant for us to the others.
In other words, like the Son who is sent by the Father, we also have to be a most faithful ambassador and the best image and message of the sender. We should try to live out what Christ told his apostles: “Whoever listens to you listens to me; whoever rejects you rejects me; but whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me.” (Lk 10,16)
Like the Son, we have to be the pattern of how all of us should be, always giving good example to others.
Like the Holy Spirit, we should be continually renewing ourselves, reminding one and all about everything the Son is to us–the pattern of our humanity and redeemer of our damaged humanity.
This we can do if we continually pray, have recourse to the sacraments, study the doctrine of our faith, making sacrifices, wage ascetical struggle, and do a lot of apostolate.
In this way, we can already reflect the Trinitarian life in ourselves!
Fr. Roy Cimagala is Chaplain, Paref-Springdale School, Lahug, Cebu City. Email: email@example.com