His post today on Trinity, Community and Church is a great one.
Since God is a Trinity, the essence of God is loving relationship, best understood as Communion. Therefore, the essence of humanity, as God’s creation, is also relationship.
This can be very difficult for us modern Westerners to grasp. In cultures where identity is tied to family relationships, trinitarian relationship and identity is more easily understood and accepted. But we have been so steeped in individualism that we forget that even the Lone Ranger had Tonto. We naturally believe that the very essence of humanity is the individual will. Truly understanding who God is, is absolutely necessary to understanding who we are and who we are meant to become.
I am more and more beginning to understand the importance of the reciprocal nature of the Trinity these days, and how that reciprocity is indicative of who we are also, as creatures made in the image of God.