It begins by knowing who God is
An excerpt from a devotional posted by renoun Catholic theologian Richard Rohr:
"I think we are in the beginnings of a Trinitarian Revolution. History has so long operated with a static and imperial image of God—as a Supreme Monarch and Critical Spectator living in splendid isolation from what he (and God is always and exclusively envisioned as male in this model) created. His love is perceived as unstable, whimsical, and preferential.
"Humans become the God we worship. So it is quite important that our God is good and life giving. That’s why we desperately need a worldwide paradigm shift in Christian consciousness regarding how we perceive and relate to God. This shift has been subtly yet profoundly underway for some time, hiding in plain sight.
"The slowly-dawning revelation of Trinity was supposed to have radically altered our image of God, but for the most part it did not. The old dualistic hardwiring was too ingrained. In order to come together in politics and religion, to take new scientific findings in biology and quantum physics seriously, and for our species and our planet to even survive we must reclaim Relationship as the foundation and ground of everything.
"As Catherine LaCugna writes:
The God whom Jesus loves, relies on, by whose power he heals and forgives sin, is not a political monarch, a tyrant, an aloof authority figure, a castled king or queen whose subjects cannot visit, an isolated figure who cannot suffer because he does not love. . . . The God of Jesus Christ is, as Bonaventure put it, the fontalis plenitudo, the fountain overflowing with mercy and justice, and also the telos, the end and fulfillment of every creature. 
"God has forever redefined power in the Trinity! God’s power comes through powerlessness and humility. The Christian God is much more properly called all-vulnerable than almighty, which we should have suspected and intuited by the shocking metaphor “Lamb of God” found throughout the New Testament.
"Unfortunately, for the vast majority, God is still “the man upstairs,” a substantive noun more than an active verb. In my opinion, this misunderstanding is partly responsible for the quick expansion of practical atheism and agnosticism we see in the West today.
"Rational and sincere people wonder, “If God is almighty and all-loving, then why is there so much suffering in the world?” If God is all-vulnerable, then perhaps God stands in solidarity with all pain and suffering in the universe, allowing us to be participants in our own healing. This does not make sense to the logical mind, but to the awakened soul it somehow does."
The question we all need to ponder, especially as we begin our journey into Lent, is this: Who is God and what does that mean to you?
Perhaps it might be easier to ask, "What is your god you worship and how does it define you?" Is your god life giving or life taking? Does this deity share your pain and heal your brokenness? Or does your god compound your suffering and brokenness?
I believe the God of Jesus Christ is not the god of governments, financial institutions, and politics. Not a male or female, American or white. As St. John the Cross wrote in the 14th century, "God is nothing!" meaning God is no thing...but everything. My God is a God of radical love, inclusion and grace, and Jesus is the general leading the charge to peace and true freedom that such grace offers.
Until we can define who God is within ourselves, we I'll never be able to truly understand how to be the love and grace the world so desperately desires. Without a clear definition or understanding, we will never be able to be the window for others to see through, or the mirror for them to reflect God's grace within themselves.
As Rohr concludes in his thought provoking message now is the time to "Let the Trinitarian Revolution take root!"
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"that they all might be one" ~John 17:21
“Prius vita quam doctrina.”
~ St. Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274)
* “Life is more important than doctrine.”