The mystery of Ester is the mystery of the Trinity and Eucharist
The problem I have set myself is a hard one: first to defend …
“experience” against “philosophy”as a being the real backbone of the world’s religious life (William James The Varieties of Religious Experience)
Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him
My first Easter in the monastery was enriched by the daily practice of Lectio Divina. This helps me discover the meaning of the Easter a new way. This Easter I was able to experienced the Paschal Triduum as a Mystery of Trinity and the Mystery of the Church as a Body of Christ.
As far as I remember I was interested in the mystery of the Trinity. My first personal diary text about the Trinity was written when I was ten years old. That time I tried to uncover the secret of the Trinity by my small childish mind. There are a lot of Christian philosophers who try to write about the Trinity. We know that it is not possible to uncover this mystery with our logical minds. However it is possible to experience, to meet the Trinity inside our soul. After Saint Thomas had experienced this Mystery near the end of his life he said that everything what he had written during his life is not worth more than straw.
Jesus teaches us about the Trinity. All what we have to do is just to listen by the ear of our heart:
“If you known me, certainly you would also have known my Father. And from now on, you shall know him, and you have seen him (John 14:7)
“Do you not believe that I am in the Father and Father is in me?” (John 14:10)
“Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else, believe because of the works themselves” (John 14:11)
“I will return to you. … In that day, you shall know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.” (John 14:18-20)
“But when the Advocate has arrived, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, he will offer testimony about me.”
Some of the passages are not possible to understand by logical mind. However in Contemplatio they can be powerful like the lightening in the sky. They are able to wake us up and bring the light to the soul if we just let them do this.
During the Lection Divina, after reading the text, analyzing by mind and imagining scenes we have time for contemplation. During the Contemplatio we just stay in the presence of God. Only during the contemplation our soul have a chance to meet personally the Holy Trinity.
We have a chance to experience, feel, taste and see the Holy Trinity in contemplation. This experience becomes the source of our knowledge. However we are not able to express this by words and describe to people who are not able to experience this. Bernard Lonergan was able to explain this very well in “Method of Theology” that there is not understanding before experiencing. Psychology (Jean Piaget) also confirmed importance of experience in learning and gaining knowledge.
We don’t have to practice many years to experience the mystical unity with God. We can stay in the presence of real God immediately after we dedicate ourselves to contemplation completely and unconditionally.
What we can learn from the Trinity and Eucharist?
The most fascinating characteristic of the Trinity is the unity. The Paschal Triduum starting from the Last Supper and the first celebration of the Eucharist, the new covenant between God and Church. Eucharist became the new symbol of the unity between Jesus and the Church.
“For the husband is the head of wife, just as Christ is the head and Savior of the church, which is His body” (Ephesians 5:23)
The same way, like Trinity, we have to be united with each other like one body:
“For just as we have many parts of body, and not all parts have the same function so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and all are parts of one another.”
During the Easter time Jesus teaches us and reminds us to be the true Body of Christ. Jesus asks us to eat His Body, drink His Blood, wash each other feet and dedicate life in service to others.
The members of monastic community have special role and special vocation to be the best example in this field. I’m praying to God for help in this matter.
There is no reason to feel afraid, or even die for each other. Someone who is united with Body of Christ will never die. I can say even more, someone who is really united with the Body of Christ is already in Heaven. This is because in the spiritual world time and space does not exist. Contemplation is the way to take and experience the “refuge in Him”. This is the place when even a prisoner becomes free.
The spring in front of our home