Trinity Sunday – Year C

Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31; Psalm 8 (or Song of the Three Young Men 29-34); Romans 5:1-5; John 16:12-15

“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.  This Gospel passage from John has been chosen for this day because it is one of the few that mention all three, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, in one place. Some on this day may rather focus on the subject of truth found in this Gospel, and ignore the Trinity.  But let’s take on the challenge.  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.

Greek

                John 16:13 says “when” the Spirit of truth comes.  Almost all translations say “when.”  That is not a bad translation.  However, the Greek word more literally says “whenever” or as often as.”  This implies that the coming of the Spirit is not a onetime thing.  The Spirit comes often.

               

Haiku

A laugh, sigh or cry.

Then just turn, there God again.

Never God be missed.

 

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