The Trinity is all about relationship

By Pat Wettstein | June 15, 2014

How do we describe the Trinity and how can we relate that to our lives? If we look to the Scriptures for this Trinity Sunday, we find that it all revolves around relationship. Relationship not only with our loved ones, but the interactions we have at work, in community, at church.

The dogma of the Trinity is central to Christianity. In this dogma, we learn that the “triune” God is the Father, Son and Holy Spirit — they are three (tri) and yet one (une). They are equal in their divinity, yet separate in their nature. It is a mystery that defies human understanding. So, let’s get back to that first question and how we can relate that to our own lives.

There are many reminders of this combined, yet singular relationship all around us. When we step into church to worship, we are individuals with our own concerns to present to the Lord. However, we are also one in body before the Lord, as one church worshipping in one voice.

There are also units of relationship within this one body as we worship — moms and dads and children; single parents and children; single and widowed individuals with extended families or good friends and caregivers. And, if we look around even more, we see choir members singing in unity, yet with separate voices that, combined in harmony, make the one even more whole; a group of servers, one in purpose, but separate in their duties; ushers to guide everyone, but singly focused when needed.

So you see, while we are all given a singular nature with a personal relationship with the triune God, we also have communal relationship as the body of Christ. In today’s second reading (2 Cor 13:11-13), Paul encourages the Corinthians to mend their ways, encourage others, agree and be at peace and greet each other with a “holy kiss.” Hmm, greet each other with a “holy kiss?” Ah, the sign of peace! Yet another example of our rich scriptural history that while old is still new and illustrates our continued relationship through our triune God.

Finally, that last phrase in the second reading should trigger a little familiarity with another part of the Mass: ‘The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.’ This is the greeting at the start of Mass.
Our obligation to be in relationship doesn’t end as we depart through those church doors, either. We are obligated to spread and share that grace of our Lord, the love of God and fellowship of the Spirit. We are asked to emulate that unique relationship of the triune God with the world, every day, in every way.

Wettstein is director of music and liturgy at Good Shepherd Parish, Chilton.

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