After Ascension and Pentecost we now have Holy Trinity Sunday. Jesus has gone up, sent down the Holy Spirit and now we rejoice in a connection through that same Holy Spirit with the very life of God. This view of God is quite wonderful. God is essentially relationship; the Father loves the Son, the Son loves the Father so perfectly, eternally and completely that the Holy Spirit of that Love out-pours upon creation, sustaining it especially now since it has been redeemed.
In a way the Feast of the Holy Trinity, a theological feast rather than one that is directly connected to a moment in the life or a teaching of Christ in the Gospels, is a celebration of the God who relates, not just in and of himself but most importantly with us. It is all about relationships. We are all in relationship with each other, admittedly at different levels and to differing degrees, but we are relational beings. “No man is an island entire unto himself” says the great poet and cleric John Donne. Though sometimes we really, “Vont to be alone” (Marlene D), we do need each other and the more we need each other the more love we need.
In the Trinity we celebrate the utter fullness of the glorious love of God, or is that rather the lovely glory of God…is it the same thing? …probably. The more we show love to others, in deep and healing and constructive ways, the more we reflect our Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer to the whole world. Yup…it’s a mystery but one to delve into, explore and engage with rather than shrug our shoulders at, scratch our heads and say “I dunno?”!
This mystery of the very nature of God is fascinating, tantalizing, awe-inspiring and everlasting…all the more so because God actually invites us into his very self. Go on I dare you…dive into the Glory of God… you will be inspired and amazed…and loved.
May God Bless You and Your Families,
Fr. Aidan Peter, CJ