Below is a reflection by Angie O’Gorman on the Trinity.
During my 67 years’ worth of life lessons, I’ve been told more than once that three is not a good number for relationships. Don’t date in threes, don’t live in threes, and don’t jointly own anything in threes. One person always gets left out; another tries to take over. Then there is the person in the middle. Threes are a disaster when it comes to relationships.
Odd, then, to learn a few years ago that the quark, the smallest subatomic particle, the fundamental building block of everything, only comes in threes. In other words, it only comes in relationship. From this quantum discovery, it is not a difficult leap to believing that our God, the creative force behind everything, also and only exists as a threesome. Whether one is Creator or created, being in relationship is primary, and threesomes are apparently where it’s at.
It may help to remember that the Trinity, a dogma hotly debated over the centuries, is not first and foremost a doctrine. Rather, it is how the Divine has been experienced through the ages, as a unity of Source, and Savior, and Spirit: like the quark, always and eternally in relationship.
Thus, today’s readings are not about the doctrine of the Trinity, but about the experience behind it. In Deuteronomy we hear an almost childlike awe at the wondrous things Yahweh has done among the Israelites. Has anything so great as this ever happened? Has anything like it ever been heard of? Awesome deeds.
Romans 8 is replete with Paul expressing the complementary relationship between Jesus and his God and the Spirit, and participation of the believer in this dynamic.
The writer of Matthew uses the end of the Gospel to reprise themes essential to his Gospel’s message and to invite his community of disciples into the very relationship that the Source, Savior, and Spirit share.
Just prior to today’s reading is the story of the guards who ran off to tell the chief priests what had happened at the tomb of Jesus. They instruct the guards to spread the lie that Jesus’ body was stolen from the tomb by his followers.
One way of being in relationships takes power by any means possible. The other way gives power whenever there is a chance. One way gives priority to empire over all else. The other holds out for more equitable relationships. One way denies God in deed, regardless of the sound bites it professes in word. The other takes seriously the presence of God in the here and now, not just in the hereafter.
To which of these two communities do we wish to belong? Do we stand with the guards gathered with the priests or with the Eleven gathered with Jesus in Galilee? This is the great challenge at the ending of Matthew. We are asked, “Who is your Lord?” And our answer will determine the kind of disciples we become.
The Triune God loves us before we even know what the word means, and keeps drawing us into that love, and drawing us, and drawing us. Our home is the Trinity. (Taken from Celebration)
Congratulations: To Bob & Lenore Kinman who celebrate 50 years of marriage.
To those who graduated this year.