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Trinity Sunday 5-22-2016

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

The people who ask the most questions about God are children and theologians – and their questions are surprisingly similar. Does God exist? Where does He live? What does He look like? Where did He come from and how does He spend His “time”? The search never stops. When one inquiry is answered, it usually triggers others.
Actually, the deep mysteries of religion are not answered but only commented on. Even Jesus didn’t give direct responses most of the time. He replied with a story, a parable, or a comment. “What is the Kingdom?” they asked, and He responded, “It’s a net full of fish.” “How about the Church, what is it?” “A mustard seed.” “How can you tell if a person is wise or foolish?” “One builds a house on rock, the other on sand.” These are not compete answers but enlightening comments designed to make people think.
Trinity Sunday presents us with some real puzzlers. Can you explain the Holy Trinity? No! But we can make a comment: it’s like a triangle, a shamrock or something that is three and yet one.
Religion is well supplied with a multitude of unfolding mysteries of which the Trinity is only one – a major one. It’s no real accomplishment to ask a question which perplexes the experts, for we have millions more good questions than good answers. People often think that the priest, bishop or pope, is the “answer man.” Not so. These persons are expected to have some penetrating insights, but basically they cannot answer religious mysteries. Their best response is to make an intelligent comment in the form of a symbol, story or perhaps a simple act of faith.
The mysteries of religion are not the kind which are waiting to be solved. Rather, they are to continue as mysteries and be acknowledged and appreciated. The Trinity is saying something to us about God’s inmost nature. Although it is beyond human explanation, we will have our own “answers” but they will all be incomplete. God is too big and complicated for our little minds to grasp completely. But even though He cannot be fully explained, we can always admire and believe God.
On a more down to earth level.
A high school teacher was talking to her students about the Trinity. After her presentation she gave her class a writing assignment on this question: “Which person of the Trinity do you relate to best at this time in your life?”
I’d like to share with you three student answers to that question.
One boy wrote:
“My father and I have a zero relationship. I need a father right now, and since I can’t turn to my own dad, I turn to my Father in heaven. I sometimes talk to him about my problems, the way I would like to talk to my dad about them.”
One girl wrote:
“My brother lives with my father, and I live with my mother. Ever since my parents’ divorce two years ago, we hardly ever see each other anymore. I never thought I’d miss my brother, but I do. So now I’ve kind of adopted Jesus as a brother.”
Finally another boy wrote:
“Just recently I began praying to the Holy Spirit. I’m going to college in a year, and I have no idea what I want to take up. I hope the Holy Spirit will enlighten me. Anyway, I’m praying to him for guidance.”
I find those comments refreshingly honest. I also find that they make me ask myself, “Which person of the Trinity do I relate to best?”
I close.
God, you are profound in your mystery, and you never cease to amaze me; I sometimes come to think that I have you figured out, and then you zap me, and remind me that you are beyond the limitations of my insight.
As I search for the words, titles, songs and images that attempt to corner you, help me to know that you are beyond my words, deeper than any effort to be “inclusive,” because what really matters, is that you exist and that I see you present in your creation.
Amen.