Holy Trinity Sunday
Following on from Pentecost, the Birthday of the Church, today we enter into the life of the Trinity, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. We celebrate today the fact that we are welcomed into the life of God; the Trinity is God’s Family. As ever, we are trying to understand a mystery of God which can leave us floundering.
As someone once said: “We are thinking about a mystery and in this life we will never grasp its full meaning, but it is not entirely beyond us. Some of the best things in life are APPRECIATED rather than UNDERSTOOD and this is the case with the Trinity”.
The Book of Proverbs speaks of a God who is Creator and sustains all of creation in existence. St Paul talks about faith and peace. We can boast even about sufferings! Why? “These sufferings bring patience, as we know, and patience brings perseverance, and perseverance brings hope, and this hope is not deceptive, because the love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit which has been given us”.
I love that image of the Holy Spirit being poured into us – not just a trickle, but the fullness of God is ours given so generously. Whenever God gives his gifts to us, it is in abundance. This is borne out in the miracles of Jesus’ ministry i.e. the wine at Cana in Galilee; the catch of fishes (152 of them); twelve baskets of bread left over when 4000 people had eaten plenty!! This is God’s generosity to us. We are invited to be equally generous.
Let’s think about the life of God in the Trinity into which we are invited as sons and daughters – children of God.
As we reflect on the beautiful icon of the Trinity by Andrei Rublev. At the time of Rublev, the Holy Trinity was the embodiment of spiritual unity, peace, harmony, mutual love and humility. We believe there are three Persons in the One God – not three Gods, yet each of the three Persons is God. (Mystery!)
Note in the Icon:
- all three characters are the some in form and size;
- all three carry the same staff in their hands;
- all three sit on the same type of throne;
- each figure is clothed in the same type of garments;
- one colour is common to all three – an intense blue;
- note the house above the Father (on the left) ‘there are many rooms in my Father’s house;
- the tree of life above the Son (in the middle) – it is also the tree of the cross;
- the predominant green of the garment of the Spirit (on the right) – depicting new life as promised at Pentecost.
There are many more details in the icon. The above are a good start to help us appreciate the life of the Blessed Trinity.
Have a great weekend and week ahead,