The Most Holy Trinity
Our minds can understand many things, but there are some things that we find difficult to understand – no matter who we are. For example: we look at people and the way they act and talk, and we cannot always understand them. Even our closest friends, or people in our own family. How can they act the way they do? We do not know what is in their minds and hearts that leads them to do what they do.
In life, there are many things we fail to understand. We need time to sort the facts out. We need people to explain why they behave the way they do, and then we only understand a little bit better.
We should not be surprised then that we find it difficult to understand God. To know Him, like we know our friends and our close relations… we need time and we need God to tell us some things about himself. He helped us a little bit – but it is only a little.
In the book of Geneses – right from the beginning, He tells us some things about Himself and things He done. He made the world around us… the sun, the moon and the stars; the trees, the mountains and the rivers. So we understand that God is GREAT and POWERFUL. He is the CREATOR of everything.
Then Jesus comes along in history. He tells us that he is the Son of God – but equal to God. That leaves us with some facts, but still a lot of unanswered questions. Jesus tells us about his Father and about himself, and then He tell us about the Holy Spirit…. all three are individuals, yet equal. Now we have the FACT of the Trinity, but we really do not understand it. God certainly is wonderful – and far superior to any of us. It certainly lets us know how LITTLE we really are.
So today we celebrate the feast of the Trinity….. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit…. Three persons in one God. Don’t try to figure it out, because you can’t. It is a mystery, and it will remain that way until we are with the Lord for all eternity.
Last week I was trimming some trees. If I cut a branch off of the tree, and it spread out into three smaller branches – I do not say there are three branches – but one branch. Three in one. This is a little like God. There is only one God, but there are three persons who share everything together. Each one, and the three of them together, share in the same qualities of God.
As I said in the beginning…. some things in life are very difficult for us to understand. Down thru the ages, God has given us little bits of information about Himself. As time went along, we got a little better idea of God. But we never totally grasp the whole idea of God. It is just a bigger idea than we can understand. We may be created in the image and likeness of God, but that does not make us equal to God.
When you make the sign of the cross, or you pray the prayer: GLORY BE TO THE FATHER, TO THE SON AND TO THE HOLY SPIRIT…. I think we need to just thank God for the little knowledge that He has shared with us and pray that the day will come when we will understand more about God.
You cannot understand the Trinity…and you cannot really explain it either…. so, I will leave it there and say – thank you Jesus for telling us about yourself.