Over the centuries of Christianity, the Trinity has been one of the most fascinating and controversial aspects of our faith. It is an area of the Christian faith that has bothered some of the greatest thinkers and the greatest minds of the Church. St. Thomas Aquinas, who was one of the greatest theologians in the history of the Church, probably answers it best when he said: ‘Whenever we speak about God, there is only one thing we can be sure of, that we are wrong!’
When we think of the mystery of the Trinity or try to make sense of it, we can get very tied up in or bogged down in numbers – one in three, three in one- the mystery of the three persons in the one God.
This feast is one that calls on us to be full of gratitude for our faith and to celebrate with one another God’s closeness to us. Anytime we gather to celebrate Mass, our Eucharist, the great prayer of thanksgiving, we are always reminded that we are caught up in the mystery of the Trinity.
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 that is very much the case when it comes to the Trinity. Summed up in a few words, the Trinity is God’s three ways of being there.
Canon Francis Brown