This morning as I was listening to John Michael Talbot's song, "The Mirror of Eternity" (adapted from Clare of Assisi), I was struck with the lyrics that seem to tie "into the image of the Trinity, transform your soul in the image of the Lord" with "that you may know what his friends know, taste the hidden manna of God" with lines also about following the way of Jesus and he making us a fisher of souls.
Paul's prayer was for Christians to know this love of Christ which is beyond human knowledge, that we would be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. And what kind of love is that except a Trinitarian love?
Jesus prayed that the love he experienced with the Father would be part of all believers' experience. This is a self-emptying love of the Father to the Son and of the Son to the Father, by/in the Spirit. Or one could say, from the Father to the Son to the Spirit to the Son to the Father in a never ending interconnectedness. It is a communion of interactive, interpenetrating love, the Father in the Son in the Spirit. And this communion God wants to share with humans!
This love than, is relational, obviously. And it is inclusive, as we see from God's call in Scripture and Jesus's ministry. It is engaging, in quiet as well as in not so quiet ways. It moves us in love to act. And it makes us unhappy with the kind of "love" and brokenness in relationships we see in this life, even among us Christians. If we're in Christ we begin to experience this Trinitarian love now. And we're called to carry that love in Christ's redemptive mission by the Spirit to all others, so they too can join in this fellowship of love.
There is so much more in this. What do you see that can help us understand better and more enter into this Trinitarian love that is ours in Christ?
(Terminology and concepts I have drawn from others, and couldn't find a source in time, this morning. How I have written this out may not be in harmony with any one of them, though I tried to be since what I gather of this teaching of Trinitarian love, I believe to be true according to Scripture.)