This Sunday is the feast of the Most Holy Trinity – one of the greatest mysteries of our faith. We say that our faith is Trinitarian – everything we believe hinges upon this reality. While we know that it is a reality – one God in three divine persons – it is indeed very difficult to wrap our human minds around. This is because we live on earth and have limited vision and understanding. We do not see with the eyes of heaven yet.
Think about it this way. Let’s say a color blind person cannot distinguish between red and green but sees brown instead. Does that mean that red and green don’t exist just because he/she can’t distinguish between the two? No. Our vision on earth is somewhat hindered in this way. We will not fully understand the relationship of the Trinity until we get to heaven.
We say that the members of the Trinity – God the Father, God the Son and God the Spirit are one in nature or essence. Wherever God is, there is the Son, and wherever the Son is, there is the Holy Spirit.
At the same time, each member is distinct. God the Father has no origin. He always was, is and will be. No one created Him. Jesus was “begotten of God,” meaning that He came forth through Him. Then, the Holy Spirit (as we profess in the creed) proceeded from the Father and the Son. By becoming man, Jesus took on our humanity, so that our humanity could be raised up to participate in the life of the Trinity – He became like us, so we could become like Him. The Spirit was sent to sanctify and guide us – one of the ways that God would remain with us when Jesus was taken up into heaven. It is beautiful and amazing that our God loves us so much that He would want us to participate in the inner life of the Trinity. We get a little foretaste of that on earth. We will experience ultimate joy and communion when we are joined with the Trinity in heaven.
Do you know that our families (if we are doing it right:) are supposed to reflect the love of the Trinity? As members of a family, we should operate as a holy unit. We should also respect and appreciate the individuality and gifts of each of our family members. When we live with the Most Holy Trinity as our top priority and model of love, our families will mirror God’s love. What a powerful witness to our misguided, messed up world!