Christianity and Privacy

Holy Father, keep them in thy name, which thou hast given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. [This is the second sentence in John 17:11, where I quote from the RSV — Catholic Edition.]

This is a very difficult verse which speaks to a theme winding its way through the New Testament, a theme related to a fundamental belief of Trinitarian Christianity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three Persons but one God. They act together, think together, love together. If we are to be one in that sense, there will be no privacy in Heaven of the sort that so many of us like so well. We will not be individuals holding our own thoughts and feelings separate from others and, yet, we’ll be our own selves, just as the Father is Himself, the Son is Himself, and the Holy Spirit is Himself. They share all and act together in all They do but each one remains Himself.

Each person saved into the Body of Christ will initiate and all will participate in what each starts. And that’s the key — Christ will be with those human beings He saves even as He is still one of the Holy Trinity.

We’ll be sharing the life of God — the only life which can allow life without end. We’ll have given up so much that we consider valuable in this life, including our privacy, and we’ll have that share in the life of God.

I long to share that life. I’m also scared to give up my privacy even knowing that I’ll gain so much more.

And I’m very curious. How can I give up my privacy and yet remain myself? How can Father and Son and Holy Spirit share all and yet each remain Himself? Do each of these questions have the same answer, or at least very similar answers? I think so. I pray that I find out.

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