On Trinity Sunday, our readings begin with a tremendous proclamation from Spirit Sophia. As the third person of the Trinity, sometimes she can be left out or forgotten. Today, Sophia makes her presence known and felt deep within our hearts, minds, and even our bodies. In the proverb, we hear her shouting, “I was there!” From the very beginning, Sophia has been moving, shaking, and making the world around us alive with Divine Presence.
Sophia, the craftsman:
strong enough to hold ocean
sure enough to raise mountains
creative enough to design sky
playful enough to have fun
We see the Holy Spirit in firm, persevering mountains. We awe in God’s expansiveness when we look across the ocean from our tiny place on shore. This same spirit whose generous handiwork is beyond comprehension, delights in us. Our powerful Creator God doesn’t just tolerate us. She genuinely enjoys being with us in the midst of it all. Like the wonders of creation, Sophia’s sheer delight is so expansive it pours forth. Our wise, careful craftsman chooses to make God’s love come alive in us. We too manifest God’s love on Earth when we are strong, sure, creative and playful, when we choose perseverance and utter delight.
Sometimes God’s love can be left out or forgotten… or even combatted. Surrounded by darkness or sunk in desolation, it can be hard to notice God’s presence. We may feel like the disciples questioning Jesus, desperately yearning for clarity or reassurance. When it is too murky to see, too clamorous to hear, too sad to be amazed… There Sophia makes her presence known and felt: Hope. So, Jesus reminds us disciples:
Wade on when the water turns murky
Walk on when the ground gets shaky
Believe in the Guiding Spirit
Who makes her presence known and felt
Because hope does not disappoint.
Maddie LaForge, M.Div., is a New Orleans native currently residing in Denver, CO. She teaches theology at Regis Jesuit High School. Her love for the classroom goes back to her time as a Jesuit Volunteer at Colegio Miguel Pro in Tacna, Peru. Maddie is a graduate of Santa Clara University’s Jesuit School of Theology and Spring Hill College.