In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, amen.
There are some things in life that we have to take on faith. The Trinity is one of them. How can God be one God but three persons? A lot of people much smarter than me have attempted to explain it throughout the ages. Saint Patrick is said to have used the shamrock as a visual aid. Great Catholic scholars have written long studies on the doctrine. In fact, I’ve looked at some of these writings and, frankly, reading them gives me a headache.
Since this post is intended to demonstrate that the Holy Trinity is cool, not to explain the concept, let’s look at some very basic things. In Matthew 28 Jesus told the Apostles,“All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. Go therefore, making disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
God the Father is the Creator of the Universe. God the Son became human to save us from our sins. God the Holy Spirit is with us always. Jesus told the Apostles, “I will pray the Father, and he will send you another Paraclete, to be with you forever” John 14:16.
At mass we recite the Nice Creed and declare exactly what we believe about the Trinity. We begin, “We believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth.” The Creed goes on, “We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, one in being with the Father. Through Him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven; by the power of the holy spirit he was born of the Virgin Mary and became man.”
And, finally, “We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son He is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the prophets.”
We know that God is always here for us as creator, savior, and advocate. We can pray to Him in any of His three identities according to our needs. Fortunately, we don’t have to read Aquinas or any of the Church Fathers, or any other long, scholarly dissertation to understand what God does for us. It’s kind of like the Internet. I have no idea what the process is to get these words from my keyboard to your screen, possibly thousands of miles away. I just know that it works. Closer to home, I have no idea how my thoughts get from my head to my fingers to type this. I just know that they do.
And I have no idea by what process God can exist as one God in three persons. But my faith tells me that He does and that’s all I need.
And, that’s cool!
In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.