One of the greatest mysteries of our faith is that of the Trinity.
In studying theology, I remember the professor telling us that
the most difficult concept of faith to preach about was the Trinity.
It has always been and will be a concept we accept on faith. This
September I will celebrate forty years of ordination, and the
mystery remains just a little less obscure.
No man, now woman is an island unto themselves. We are all called
to be people of, and open to, relationships. God is persons in
relationship. Even though there are three persons, their community
of love causes unity and one Godhead. To the extent that we are
open in our lives to building community we reflect the Triune
God. As youngsters, many of us were taught that we were created
in the image and likeness of God. A puzzlement, to be sure, since
we all do not look alike. God is persons in relationship, and
to the extent that we are open to relationships, we image God,
who is relationship itself.
“I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it
now,” Jesus tells us in today’s Gospel. “The
Spirit of Truth will guide you to all truth.” On Pentecost,
we celebrated the indwelling of the Spirit, not only in the infant
Church but in our own lives today. If we are open to the Spirit,
then the Trinity lives within us and we reach out and are open
to others. Our God is not a solitary being but a community of
love, and we are invited to become intimate in that communion
of light and love.
St. Augustine talks about the Lover, the Love, and Love Itself.
We are called to imitate the Trinity in Being Self-giving, as
is the Lover in surrendering to the relationship, as is the Loved
in enfleshing God who is love itself.
The most immediate community of love for us is our families. As
we celebrate this Trinity Sunday, Let us reflect whether we as
a member of that community foster life-giving relations that contribute
to the creation of a community of love. Glory be to the father,
to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.