“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ
and the love of God
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with all of you.”
2 Corinthians 13:13
I believe in ONE God. We profess this each week during Sunday Mass. Yet, we also believe that our one God exists in a threefold Being. He is a Triune God. One in Three and Three in One. One + One + One = One? It can be very confusing and seem impossible to comprehend and, well, you know what? That’s okay. The Trinity is a mystery that we are not called to solve. Why should we expect to fully comprehend a God that is omnipotent, omniscience, and omnipresent? (Those are fancy words that mean all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-present.) We can barely comprehend the complexities of our own lives. How could we possibly understand the complexities of God?
We may not be able to solve the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity, but there are wonderful lessons we can learn about relationship and community.
Because we were made in God’s likeness and image, we were created to be in community and communion with one another. God is not a solitary being. He exists in community with the Son and the Holy Spirit. No one will get to heaven if they only think of themselves and their own salvation. There must be a relationship with one another in community. We are created to live in relationship, to share with one another, to support each other and to love one another.
Each Being of the Trinity has a unique essence and role. God, the Father, is our Creator, the One who possesses all power, our provider. God, the Son, was sent to be our friend and companion. Jesus, the Son of God, is our role model, our example of how we can live as humans in God’s favor. God, the Son, could not remain physically on earth forever. Therefore, we received God, the Holy Spirit, our Advocate. The Spirit inspires and guides us. The Spirit grants us the gifts we need to love and serve as God calls us to do. Each Being of God is different. Yet within the diversity, the three exist in community as one.
In today’s second reading, God calls us to “Rejoice! Mend your ways, encourage one another, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.” (2 Corinthians 13:11)
What if we could all accept and love one another despite our differences? What if we could be open to each person bringing their individual talents and skills to the group? What if we could accept ourselves as we are? Each can give what they have in order to serve the entire community. There is no need to try to be like someone else. The world needs you just as you are with your unique personality and abilities. Do not conform to the world, but conform to the will of God. (Romans 12:2)
As we reflect on the Most Holy Trinity, let us remember that each time that we make the Sign of the Cross, we are affirming our commitment to live in loving relationship with our Triune God and with one another. As we receive the blessing of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, we are called and empowered to a relationship with one another and to an exchange of love with our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.