It is through the structure of the Holy Trinity that we attempt to understand the mysterious nature of God. We speak the Trinity when we cross ourselves in prayer, yet how often do we really think about it? This Sunday, we are asked to consider it carefully.
The best way to understand the Trinity is a diagram, but there are metaphors too. My favourite is the one about the Egg. You may have heard it.
You have an egg. The egg is made of three aspects: The shell, the white and the yolk. These three elements are all very different to each other, they serve a different purpose in the construct of an egg, and yet they are connected. They are all “egg”.
It is similar with God. There is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. They are all “God”, different and connected. The three persons of God have always existed yet were revealed to humanity one at a time. The Old Testament is the domain of God the Father. In the New Testament, the Son of God is revealed through the person of Jesus Christ. On Pentecost, the Holy Spirit is revealed, and remains with us.
In Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, he signs off with a loving message that prepares the way for the formula of the Blessed Trinity: “The grace of Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”
It is a message of unity. We are united in faith, just as the three persons of God are united.
St Clement of Alexandria said: “What an astonishing mystery! There is one Father of the universe, one Logos of the universe, and also one Holy Spirit, everywhere one and the same; there is also one virgin become mother, and I should like to call her “Church”.
In the togetherness of the Trinity, let us take today to enjoy the unity of our Church, for it means we are never alone.
(Logos = Word - Jesus Christ is the Word of God.)
Readings of the day: Exodus 34:4-6, 8-9 Psalm: Daniel 3 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 John 3: 16-18
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