Behold I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for me?
I was blessed to go to a conference this weekend led by Jansen Bagwell. During the talks Jansen gave one of the best explanations of the Blessed Trinity that I have ever heard. I am hoping I can explain it the way he did.
He said that in the beginning there was nothing but God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God the Father had the thought to create. God the Son the second person of the Blessed Trinity is the spoken thought because HE IS THE WORD. The Word is the full expression of the thought. The Incarnation the full expression of God.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. John 1:1-3
And God the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Blessed Trinity enacted the word that was spoken.
In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth and the earth was without form or shape, with darkness over the abyss and a mighty wind sweeping over the waters Then God said: Let there be light, and there was light Genesis 1:1-3
This mighty wind – this shaking violent wind – is the Holy Spirit waiting for the thought to be spoken so he can act. Light was thought, spoken, and created. Thought, word, action. The action of the Holy Spirit is IMMEDIATE and SWIFT. And the Three are One in creating.
This explanation astonished me because it explains so much of how we were meant to be, but are not yet. Let me explain.
God is still having a thought and speaking to us through His WORD and sending the Holy Spirit to nudge us (God’s creation) to ACT. But in the beginning, the Holy Spirit didn’t have to nudge us to act because Adam and Eve POSSESSED the Spirit. Thus, all action prior to the fall was action of God. Our free will, after the fall was contaminated by sin and so we do not immediately act in accordance with the will of God.
The action of Salvation History is to restore human will to complete harmony with the divine will. And it is why Jesus prayed;
I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me. John 17:20-21
After the fall there was a disruption of this harmony. Our human will choosing to sin and bring evil into the world. Thus, ensuing action of the Holy Spirit became the nudge to choose good instead of a harmonious action. The Holy Spirit is calm and convicting, but firm. He isn’t condemning and doesn’t make blanket statements. We have the church to help us recognize this voice. This is why the church stresses obedience so much, because obedience to the law (in love) is an effort to bring us back to harmony with the divine will. But sadly we still live in a state where God the Father has a thought, God the Son is the full expression of that thought in the Word and God the Holy Spirit comes to us to nudge us into action of that thought and word and we say no. We argue. We complain. We outright reject – a blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. And the world cannot see the creative action of God because we do not cooperate. And the question becomes why?
Because we want control; that’s why. But what we fail to realize is that when we say no to God we don’t actually retain control, we hand it to the demonic because when we sin with our no to God we hand the domain we were given straight to Satan, who came to steal, kill and destroy. We think we are in control, we turn from God, we sin and we watch our world implode around us.
I recently read a quote from Father Ambrose Dobrosi that stated;
Abortion as population control to combat climate change is literally pagan infant sacrifice, just with a veneer of “science”. The baby becomes a sacrificial offering so that we can have good weather. It’s proof that when Christianity fades, we go right back to demon worship.
What a profound statement. We will not repair the damage done to our environment, which is caused by sin and trying to control things as a god, by continuing to further and further sin and say no to the Holy Spirit – who nudges us to cooperate with the Trinity in the creative LIFE GIVING action. We will heal the environment when we allow God to heal our souls and lift us out of sin.
One way of living begets death. One begets life.
We often live on either side of a pendulum. One where we think we are in control and disregard the law bringing sin after sin. And the other where we use the law to control others instead of letting God work in them, which is the sin of Pride. If we try to control and don’t pray and let God work, we too are sinning.
The WORD BECAME FLESH to show us THE KINGDOM OF GOD ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.
Jesus did not exercise a Spirit of Control. Jesus loved and converted hearts to love. But many still said no to love. It’s why they took him to the Cross. And because he is the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, it is why he went to the Cross. He didn’t even try to control the leaders of his own religion. He walked where they led Him, and surrendered to the will of the Father, because HE IS THE WILL OF GOD and He knew how to save us.
In a later conversation with Jansen we talked about the role of emotion in our lives. Emotion is so important because secular society divorces emotion from our soul, and doing this brings about confusion. We learn techniques that teach us to “cope”. I don’t know about you but I don’t think God came for us to cope. If we don’t learn what our emotions teach our soul, which is deeper than our emotion, then our emotion can be used against us. So many of us today allow our emotions to be manipulated by Satan, the Father of Lies. We accept emotion as truth – and the Spirit of Control attacks us. It is why the Saints cautioned against doing things based on how you feel. We must learn from the feeling and allow the Holy Spirit to act by learning what God is trying to tell us through our emotion.
Emotions are not bad things. The are, in fact, a gift from God. But emotions are trying to teach us something. They are trying to teach us where to place control. An emotion of fear can be a natural thing. It is something that can protect us and often times lets us know the situation we are in isn’t one we are in control of, so if we learn from that emotion we know to turn to the one who is in control – God. An emotion of frustration or irritation can let us know that the virtuous standard of God is not being lived up to. An emotion of anger can alert us to sin and evil, and if we put our enmity on Satan to fight that evil, we give control back to God. An emotion of shame can teach us what we are hiding from God. An emotion of sorrow can alert us to injustice or violation to help us turn towards forgiveness and healing. These emotions are often thought of as bad, but they are not, it is only when we don’t learn from what they’re trying to teach us that they can become bad and open us to sin. Everything God gives is a gift, and therefore brings redemption when used properly.
Right now because we are still not in harmony with the Trinity, it is a struggle to act on the will of God because we sit in our emotion and don’t turn to God so he can work in our soul. But if we learn from what the emotion teaches us, we can act in obedience to the nudges of the Holy Spirit. This is often hard, but is done so by the Grace of God we receive in the Sacraments that draws us closer and closer to the will of God. Grace that is poured upon us in the Sacramental Life. The more we repent in Confession of our sins and unforgiveness, the more grace we receive to go and receive the Eucharist and HAVE GOD IN US, so we can act joyfully, immediately and fully.
I have said before, as have many others, that we are moving through the Passion of the Church.
Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers. The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the “mystery of iniquity” in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh. CCC – 675
I believe the church will come out on the other side looking very different than she does now, having chained up the Spirit of Control, which leads to sin. God is calling each and every one of us interiorly to give him control so the Spirit can dwell within us. Surrender.
You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. Romans 8:9
We need to be asking ourselves if we are responding to the Holy Spirit? Are we letting go of control when we are asked? Do we let the emotion of fear invite a spirit of fear or even of Pride that we can fix it? Do we let the emotion of anger invite a Spirit of wrath? Are we learning from our emotions, which should be used as redemptive gifts from God? When I am afraid, and I realize I am out of control, am I surrendering control to the one who actually has it anyway?
When we reflect upon these things, and let God work in us, we can be healed. We can stand with courage when adversity comes. We can be a light in the darkness, and we can have the power of God in us. We are called to union with the Trinity as beloved sons and daughters.
O blessed light, O Trinity and first Unity!” God is eternal blessedness, undying life, unfading light. God is love: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God freely wills to communicate the glory of his blessed life. Such is the “plan of his loving kindness”, conceived by the Father before the foundation of the world, in his beloved Son: “He destined us in love to be his sons” and “to be conformed to the image of his Son”, through “the spirit of sonship”. This plan is a “grace [which] was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began”, stemming immediately from Trinitarian love. It unfolds in the work of creation, the whole history of salvation after the fall, and the missions of the Son and the Spirit, which are continued in the mission of the Church. CCC 257