On Trinity

Sunday Reflection

7 June 2020

Who Where What

There are some mysteries that will always be a mystery.
Today, Trinity Sunday, we come against one of those mysteries - God.
I dare say that it's not very often that we think of God as a mystery.

Who is God? Where is God? What is God?

We can't touch him; can't see him; can't say how big he is because we don't know what to measure.
If we wanted to take a photo of God we don't know where to point the camera.
We can't always feel the presence of God
because we're never too sure if we are only feeling our own emotions.
We can't imagine what God is like because we always end up using human pictures,
giving him human qualities so that he makes sense to our small human minds.

Our minds are limited and finite;
they cannot possibly know all there is to know about the infinite and unlimited
"God in three persons, blessed Trinity."
We live in a three-dimensional world.
All physical objects have a certain height, width, and depth.
One person can look like someone else,
or behave like someone else, or even sound like someone else.
But a person cannot actually be the same as another person.
They are distinct individuals.

God, however, lives without the limitations of a three-dimensional universe.
He is spirit.
And he is infinitely more complex than we are.
That is why Jesus the Son can be different from the Father
and the Holy Spirit; and, yet the same.

The Bible clearly speaks of: God the Son, God the Father, and God the Holy Spirit.
But emphasizes that there is only ONE God.

If we were to use maths, it would not be, 1+1+1=3. It would be 1x1x1=1.
God is a triune God.
From the very beginning we see God as a Trinity.
Notice the plural pronouns "us" and "our" in Genesis 1:26

Then God said, "Let us make man in our image,
in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea
and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth,
and over all the creatures that move along the ground."

There are many other scripture references that show God is one, in Trinity.
Too many to quote here.
The central truth about "God in three persons, blessed Trinity,"
is that the Holy Spirit gives us the faith to believe the words of Jesus
who says that he is -
God come down from heaven to be a human being -
that is our clearest picture of God.
The Trinity is not merely an idea to be grasped
but a mystery to be experienced - and a relationship to be entered into.

As followers of Jesus, we are loved by the Father,
and led by the Spirit.
All three persons of the Godhead are at work in our lives,
in the life of this church, and in the life of this world.
As we live in new awareness of God in all God's expressions as Father, the creating love;
Son, the saving love; and Spirit, the purifying love,
our spiritual lives will deepen, filled with the God who is love.
Our vision of God's kingdom will expand,
and the work that God has chosen for us will take on a new vitality and urgency.

There is a lovely Celtic Christian prayer
which tries to explain the concept of the Trinity.

Three folds of the cloth, yet only one napkin is there,
Three joints in the finger, but still only one finger fair,
Three leaves of the shamrock, yet no more than one shamrock to wear,
Frost, snowflakes and ice, all in water their origin share,
Three Persons in God: to one God alone we make our prayer.

Almighty God, as weak humans we can never comprehend your glory.
May we accept, by faith, your Trinitarian nature
and worship you in spirit and in truth as
Father, Son and Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen