At the heart of stewardship is generosity. Called to be charitable with every blessing, human beings nevertheless struggle to be truly generous. Out of fear, we often are tightfisted and stingy when it comes to sharing our time, talent, and treasure.
Trinity Sunday, however, is the celebration of divine generosity towards the human race. On this day, we remember God’s radical love revealed in the Father who rescued his chosen people from slavery, displayed in the Son who gave his life in a sacrificial death on the cross for us, and poured into the hearts of believers through the power of the Holy Spirit, so that we could become adopted sons and daughters of God.
We know that “God is love” and love, by definition, is generative, overflowing, and ever-expanding. Therefore, the essence of God is the generous outpouring of self directed towards a second divine person that we call his “Son.” In a display of unrestrained love beyond compare, the Father gives of himself to the Son without counting the cost, and the Son returns that love reciprocally, generously commending his life and all that he is and does to the will of the Father in loving obedience. The Holy Spirit is the result of that generous love and the bond between the Father and the Son.
The exchange of love within the community of God is shared with all of humanity. And since no one is excluded from the expansive love of God, Jesus commands the apostles in the gospel today to go out and make disciples of every people and nation.
Shouldn’t such unstinting generosity call forth a mutual response in us. How can we make a return to the Lord today?
--Father Roger Gustafson, Pastor
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