Today we celebrate our knowledge of the mystery of God’s Life: God in three Persons. WE know about Go’s inner life because it has been revealed to u, but we do not actually know God’s life in the sense of direct knowledge and full ve and beyond, understanding.
God is forever other, above and beyond transcendent.
On the one hand, human beings are compared to that Other: “When I behold your heavens…. What is a man?” On the other hand humans are reflections of God and are therefore marvellous creatures: “You have crowned him with glory and honour.”
The offences we commit against God are offences against the Lord and Master of the universe, the magnificent Triune God whom we will never come to understand.
The inhumanities we commit against each other are likewise offences against that Other, reflected in human beings.
It is not just some creature that we mistreat and bloody and oppress and ignore: it is the God “who was, and who is to come.”
That should give us some pause.
At the centre of the Church’s teaching on peace and at the centre of all Catholic social teaching are transcendence of God and the dignity of the human person. The human person is the clearest reflection of God’s presence in the world; all of those Church’s work in pursuit of both justice and peace is designed to protect and promote the dignity of every person. For each person not only reflects God, but are the expression of god’s creative work and the meaning of Christ’s redemptive ministry.