God’s Household Management
Traditionally, there have been two ways to look at the Trinity, theologically and economically. By “economically,” we delve back into the Greek origin of the word, Oikonomia, which is a fusion of two words, “house” and “manage,” thus “household management.” This description of the function actually derived etymologically from the descriptive title of the person, the household manager or steward. What a great way to describe God; reminds me of the Good Shepherd, but applied to the cosmic family home.
Theologically, of course, we can get into all the processions of the Son from the Father and the Spirit from the Son and Father, the relations of the Father to the Son and Son to the Father, and the Father and Son to the Spirit and the Spirit to the Father and Son, but, to be honest, this leaves me more confused than concerned, more intellectually bewildered and bemused than viscerally moved to awe and love. So, while it is an important tool to explain, apologetically, the inner mystery life of the Trinity, other than enabling us to know that these three persons are the ultimate loving “family,” that template and unit upon with all others are patterned and built, practically speaking, I am much more interested about how they “expanded” the family unit and determined to spread existence, spread love, spread life, spread relationships “beyond” themselves to all creation.
This economy, of course, is the story of creation, of the relation of God outside Himself with creation and in particular, with humankind, from our being brought into self-reflective existence, through our willful decision that God was not as important to us as we were to ourselves, to His acknowledgement of our redefinition of our relationship and our realization of the lie of which we had partaken and been a part and our acknowledgement of our change in status, our seeing through the lie we had been told and told ourselves and each other which was physically reflected in our realizing our nakedness before God and ourselves, and God’s providential plan of salvation initiated at the very onset of our reluctant repentance before Him, a plan which continues to this very day in both “macroly,” in the totality of creation, of the world and minimally, in the lives of each of us and will continue until its completion, its summation and evaluation in each of us at the end of time.
 It has been wisely pointed out that our words, our concepts, even our mental constructs concerning God are but very feeble kindergarten scribbling attempting to capture the beauty of the universe. Thus, when I use words that are really, really an analogical stretch, I will try to place them in quotes so that I know they are only a humbling attempt of description and not a true reflection, even darkly, of the glorious reality that is.