If we but glean these words from the Gospel of John today: “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life,” we stand to realize that the reason why we profess faith in God as THE MOST HOLY TRINITY is simply because that is how Jesus revealed God to us. By speaking of his “Heavenly Father” and by talking about their “Spirit” as another person, we were set on a path to formulating our faith in God as Trinity. But take note: in this Jesus did not reveal everything to us about God—by no means have we “figured God out.” Fact: the word trinity is nowhere to be found in the Bible. God’s ways are still not our ways and God’s thoughts are beyond our thoughts; there are still a “gazillion” blanks to be filled in. I am reminded of a seminary high school religion teacher of mine, Vincentian Fr. Fred Martinez, who when we asked anything touching upon God’s mystery would reply, “Well, son, that’s one of those things I am going to add to my list to ask God when I finally see him face to face.”
Remove mystery and we no longer require any faith. Yet so precious to our faith is our belief in God as Trinity that we profess this faith every time we make the sign of the cross: IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AND OF THE SON, AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. Think of what a profound act that is—not only do we name God as Trinity, but we also “cross ourselves” to profess our faith in the Paschal Mystery of Jesus, and we oftentimes use holy water, thus professing our faith in Baptism. It’s a jammed packed profession of what we believe as Christians!
Perhaps the most important element of our Christian Trinitarian theology is that Jesus revealed God to be in relationship—a relationship that flows from being simultaneously three and ONE. While it is easy to get caught up in the numbers game, I think the most sensible way to approach the mystery of God as Trinity is to ask the question, “How could it be otherwise?” Being created in the image and likeness of God it stands to reason that as we experience ourselves as individuals who make up one family, many persons who constitute one community, then God must “Godself” be what God created. It is God’s being in relationship that gives Divine origin and dignity to our own being in relationship to one another. Any of our relationships “gone bad” are relationships that have either lost sight of their divine origin, or have never known their foundation in God to begin with.
This Trinity Sunday, let us pray blessing and the bestowal of grace upon all of our relationships—especially those that are vowed! Jesus prayed: THAT THEY MAY BE ONE AS WE ARE ONE! Let us make Jesus’ prayer our own as we seek integrity for our relationships and peace—the peace that only Jesus can give—
IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AND OF THE SON, AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. AMEN!