Genesis 1:1-2:4a; Psalm 8; 2 Corinthians 13:11-13; Matthew 28:16-20
“God is not solitude, but perfect communion. For this reason the human person, the image of God, realizes himself or herself in love, which is a sincere gift of self.” – Pope Benedict XVI
Our Gospel passage has been chosen for Trinity Sunday because of Jesus’ commission to baptize in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). The Trinity has been explained in many ways from very heavy philosophical ideas all the way to picture metaphors like Patrick’s three leaf clover. With any of these it is important to remember that none of them describes God in his very being or essence, her very self. That cannot be done. The Trinity is a statement of how God relates, not how God is. Or, on the other hand, perhaps how anyone relates is indeed to some degree how one is. When it comes to relating we can’t pin God down to one thing or one way. When we consider one way to view God there is always another way, the other hand. But why three, as in the Trinity? Who knows? But we do know that just as we can’t pin God down to one of our simplistic ideas, we also can’t pin her down to three either, or any one of the three. God is relating everywhere; and because of the multiplicity of God’s relating he can never be missed. Look at the beautiful sunset. God is there. Look at the home destroyed by a tornado. God is there. God is in the tears of joy and in the tears of sorrow. What a gift of self! So, the question for us is, can we be like God? We are the image of God. In that image we cannot be pinned down to one way of relating; nor can we pin our neighbors down to one view. We are all many things. We may say she or he is this way; but on the other hand . . . What wonderful surprises we all are, just as God is always a wonderful surprise. We are all, like God, a sincere gift of self.
Matthew 28:17 in most translations says “but some doubted.” The Catholic NAB has it literally from the Greek “but they doubted,” not just some but they, implying all of them. The Greek word translated “doubt” means to be of two minds about something. Certainly, because when it comes to the divine we can’t pin it down to one. The apostles had to be at least of three minds about what they experienced.
A laugh, sigh or cry.
Then just turn, there God again.
Never God be missed.