For centuries, in countries all over the world, scholars and theologians have tried to explain the mystery at the heart of Christianity: the Trinity. We Christians have struggled to find a way to explain “three Persons in one God” well enough to satisfy. Images of three-leaf clovers, triangles and so many others have been part of our religious education. Recently many have been aided by the wildly popular book, The Shack but still the depth of our faith can only admit that “it’s a mystery.”
Letting go of intellect and accepting the fact that our God as Trinity means, as someone once said (very wisely, I think), “not a problem to be solved but a mystery to be lived.” Sometimes I need to just sit and marvel at the generosity of a Creator of such a glorious universe as ours and the benevolence of the love poured out to the finite creation that is humanity. At other moments my need is for a God who is like me, living as part of the great creation, understanding what it means to live a human life with all its joys and suffering. And the potential of deeper contemplation that touches into the life of the Spirit in each of us and all of us, allowing us to catch meaning in ways that bring us ever closer to the meaning of Love is thrilling. That “still, small voice” inside us that cannot be attributed to any power of our own but is clearly a gift of the Divine Spirit living in us defines the work of that “Third Person of the Blessed Trinity” like no other facet of our experience.
So today, on this feast of the Holy Trinity, I am happy to greet you in the familiar words of St. Paul: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.”