DOES DOGMA MATTER?
“Glory to the Holy, Consubstantial, Life-giving and Undivided Trinity, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.” (Beginning Doxology, Byzantine Great Vespers)
Does it “matter” whether we embrace specific truths about God, revealed, experienced, and witnessed to in Tradition? Well, not necessarily. If I have no contact with God, His Three-Personal life doesn’t “matter” in my life. But if I do step into conscious contact with Him, it matters more than anything else in the world. As C.S. Lewis writes, “The whole dance, or drama, or pattern of this three-Personal life is to be played out in each one of us: or (putting it the other way round) each one of us has got to enter that pattern, take his place in that dance.”
Indeed, the “life-giving” qualities of the “undivided” and “consubstantial” Trinity do, so to say, “rub off” on us, most profoundly in the coming of the Son into our history, and walking among us, through our journey, even unto our death, and down into our hell. He joins us in all of that, in order to bring us out, with Him and in Him, into new life. He can do that, and does do that, specifically because He is “consubstantial” and “undivided” with the Father and the Holy Spirit. I can step into this exciting “drama” today, and join Him in a bit of heartfelt prayer, letting His “life-giving” grace into my life. Or I can remain apart, going around in meaningless circles of “whatever,” where nothing really “matters.” Let me choose God today, as He chose me. Because He is where it’s all happening, amidst my work, my immediate responsibilities, and my relationships, in His life-giving “now.”