How many persons are there in God?
There are three persons in the one true and
living God: the Father, the Son, and the
Holy Spirit. They are the same in substance,
equal in power and glory.
(New City Catechism)
Plural in the beginning:
Let us make man…
The Divine counsel gathered for this act of image-making.
Son, Word, holding Father’s hand,
Shaping, making, always in union,
Preincarnate, perfect Man forming man;
Animating Adam, resurrecting bones,
Will of Father the constant motivation;
And Father: complete within
Tri-union with Spirit, Son,
Will enacted, embodied, perfected.
And we, somehow, swept into the dance:
I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.
Complexity shatters minds,
And yet: true from the beginning.
Father, Spirit, Son; always complete,
Yet drawing orphans into family.
Published by Matthew Pullar
Teacher, writer, blogger, husband, father, Christian. Living in Wyndham in Melbourne's west, on the land of the Kulin Nation. Searching for words to console and feed hearts and souls.
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4 thoughts on “Catechism 3”
Simply beautiful. I was particularly moved by the last line.
Thanks, Tony! I’m really glad you found it moving.
As someone who lost their father at age 14 and my mother when I was 35, I’m so glad that I am not really an orphan. Thanks, Matthew.
Thankyou, Lyn. I can imagine that would be particularly comforting to know! I’m glad the poem was meaningful for you.