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REFLECTION

I would like to say few words about course that I had last semester and try to make connection with
my current ministry at hospital setting. This course is called ‘Trinity & Mission’.

The doctrine of the Trinity is the heart of the Christian understanding of God. God is
one yet three, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit existing in perichoresis or mutual communion of being.
If we try to use mathematical language, we will see here that 1+1+1=1

It is that communion of relationship (koinonia) within the Trinity that is of importance for our present
purposes. It is important to note, however, that discussion of the Trinity must always be by way of
analogical reflection rather than precise definition.

Therefore, the doctrine of the Trinity teaches that the one God is three persons; the Father, the Son,
and the Holy Spirit- making up the one divine essence.

Throughout all eternity the divine life of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is best characterized in
human language by our word ‘love’. This love, as seen and defined within the Trinity, is the mutual
selfless giving of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one to another.

It is a profound truth that the doctrine of the Trinity shapes our lives. As we look at who God is, we
are able to see how we are called to live.

The LOVE within the Trinity is the love within the church

As we know, love is a relational term (love is an action), requiring both subject and object (someone
loves someone else).

This loving relational dynamic is personified in the trinity. In terms of my chaplaincy, love takes place
from not just ‘doing’, but from ‘being’ as well.
Therefore, chaplaincy is defined as a ‘ministry of presence. It is about being present to those who
needed a shoulder to cry on or a receptive ear to the oft-recurring question of “why?”

Because God is a social trinity, he demonstrates that we are called to live in community. We are
those made in His image (Genesis 1:26 ), and are therefore not to live in isolation. God intends that
we reflect his relational Trinitarian nature in our lives.

This is only possible as we move out of isolation and into relationships with others. The Christian life,
therefore, is the life-in-relationship, or the life-in-community. This is at the heart of Scripture, and of
New Testament Christianity.

Earlier mentioned koinonia (communion of relationship) is one insight that I want to apply to my
ministry.

Sometimes, it happens that we measure our success in terms of ‘doing’ rather than ‘being’. However,
chaplaincy success does not lies in what the chaplain does but it simply resides in being present to
the other. Therefore, my role of chaplaincy is to be present to the other in the midst of their distress
and uncertainty, to be someone who just sits and listens (actively and reflectively) or who walks
alongside in their (patients) moments of need. I like the thought that the presence of the chaplain
functions as a non-verbal grace gift. An offer of love, mercy, compassion, and fellowship that doesn’t
demand anything in return.

LOVE, SELFLESSNESS, RECIPROCITY REQUIRED: MUTUAL SELF-GIVING TO THE OTHER

Thus, to be present to the other is not so much something that a chaplain does, but is something that
the Spirit empowers them (and Spirit empowers each individual servent) to become.

That’s the reason why (in this case chaplans) are able to bring “calm to chaos, victory over despair,
comfort in loss, and sufficiency in need”.To have ‘’success’’ in chaplaincy and in every ministry, our
work must be grounded in the reflection of the Trinitarian act of ‘koinonia’ (communion of the
relationship).