Isaiah 6:1-8; Psalm 29 (or Song of the Three Young Men 29-34); Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-17
“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
Today is Trinity Sunday. The Trinity has been explained in many ways from very heavy philosophical ideas 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. That cannot be done. The Trinity is a statement of how God relates, not how God is. Or perhaps how anyone relates is indeed 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, on 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 can we be like God? We are the image of God. In that image we also cannot be pinned down to one way of relating. 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.
Some may want to avoid thinking about the Trinity on this Sunday, and would rather concentrate on the Gospel instead. So here’s an idea from the Greek of the Gospel. In John 3:3 Jesus tells Nicodemus that he must be born “again.” In Greek the word “again” as in “born again” is exactly the same word as “from above” as in “born from above.” Nicodemus thinks Jesus is saying he needs to be born again from his mother’s womb, when actually Jesus is saying he needs to be born from above (spiritually?), thus his confusion in this passage.
A laugh, sigh or cry.
Then just turn, there God again.
Never God be missed.