It is the first Sunday after Pentecost in the Western Christian liturgical calendar, and the Sunday of Pentecost in Eastern Christianity. Trinity Sunday celebrates the Christian doctrine of the Trinity, the three Persons of God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
“Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations; baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”
The Holy Trinity — the central mystery of Christian faith and life. I’m sure we have heard many ways to explain the workings of the Trinity, all of which fall terribly short of explaining this mystery. From the different states of H2O to 3 leaf clovers, to ‘Star Wars’ analogies which are probably sacrilegious. Such is the depth of this mystery that the human mind fails to fully explain it. What we do know for sure is that God revealed to us that He is a Trinitarian God — i.e, in the creation account in Genesis, The Incarnation in Luke’s Gospel, and so on.
Over the years, I have learnt that the inner workings of God can be found when we stop trying to think like Thomas Aquinas and Pope Benedict, and be more childlike in how we experience God. A child first learns to love from his or her parents and that, for me, is the most tangible way to see a reflection of the Holy Trinity.
Ideally, husband and wife should be one in the eyes of a child, just as Jesus always says that he and the Father are one. I say ideally, because we know that isn’t always the case with us humans; but with God, of course it is ideal. Many theologians use this analogy of The Father and Jesus giving of themselves fully to one another so much so that this love between them is another person — the Holy Spirit.
Dr Scott Hahn goes on to compare this with husbands and wives giving of themselves to one another so much so that 9 months later, they have to give this exchange of love a name. Again, this is still a bad analogy because the Holy Spirit has existed with the Father and Jesus instead of being born by them. God is. (That’s the end of the sentence.)
And this is how I explain being created in the image and likeness of God to my youth group. God is a community, therefore we need community. And our first community is our family. It is in these simple things that we take for granted that I feel God reveals himself to us. We (if we live right) are a dim reflection of the life and inner workings of our Trinitarian God.
Brothers and sisters, let us be more simple, and stop it with the highfalutin’ language — I mean, difficult words and bad analogies.
(Today’s OXYGEN by Daryl De Payva)
Prayer: Oh God, Father, Son & Holy Spirit, open our eyes and reveal to us your mysteries in the simple things of everyday life. Let us be more childlike in our faith so as to see you in plain sight.
Thanksgiving: Thank you Lord, for revealing the kingdom to mere children and for counting us worthy to be one of yours.