Reflections by Jennifer Geach
The Most Holy Trinity
13th June 2017
A priest I once heard in Oxford preached most memorably on the Blessed Trinity. He reminded us first that the teaching about the Trinity is a mystery that is something beyond human reason. In this mystery, God is giving us a revelation of his secret life; and this is a life which we are invited to share. By Christ’s incarnation, by our baptism we are called back into the life of God, from which we had been excluded by Adam’s sin.
This revelation by God of God’s own life, which we are invited to share, is wonderful in itself. But it is also an answer to two of the things which most terrify humanity. On the one hand, we are terrified of being isolated and alone. But in the life of God, which we are called to share, there is no isolation; the Father, the Son and the Spirit rejoice in one another perpetually, perfect in their unity. When we share the life of God, we shall enjoy that Unity; God’s life in us will unite us to himself, and make us like himself. We have Christ’s own promise for this “Jesus answered, and said to him: If any one love me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him, and will make our abode with him.”
The other great terror for men is that they will be gobbled up; that another person will so overwhelm “who they are” that they will cease to exist as themselves. And again, the mystery of the Trinity, the revelation of God’s life, which we are invited to share, shows that it need not be so. For, as the preface for Trinity Sunday shows the persons of the Trinity are singular and individual: the Father is not the Son, and neither of them is the Holy Spirit: but each of the Divine Persons is Lord and God, equal in Majesty, Power and Glory. ”in confessing the true and everlasting Godhead, We shall adore distinction in persons, oneness in being, and equality in Majesty”. When we share the life of God, we shall be most truly ourselves, for we shall be the image of God we were made to be.
The revelation of this mystery is a revelation both for our current earthly life, in that the knowledge of the actions of the Trinity in our own lives and in history is a call to deeper love; and it is also a revelation for our hopes for the future. For our hope of heaven is to share more fully in the life of God, and in sharing this life we shall be freed forever not only from isolation and indifference, but also from encroachment and invasion. ‘we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is’- we shall have our singularity confirmed, while at the same time enjoying the fullness of communion with God, and with those who share this communion.