He is the one he’s with

The opening lines of John’s Gospel can be read with a reverence that obscures the startling and even incomprehensible claim that the author is making: Christ is the one he is with. The Gloria of the Mass, borrowing from the language of the Epistles, intensifies this claim by saying that Christ alone is God, with the Father and the Son (“You alone are the Most High, with the Holy Spirit, etc.”)  The “you” is singular (tu and not vos), and modified by “alone”, i.e. excluding all others. The language thus excludes all others and makes others accompany.

We need an account of the Trinity – the first step of which is to appropriate the abstract noun “trinity” or “threeness” – simply to know how we can say what we’re saying.


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: