Today we celebrate Trinity Sunday. The Trinity is the foundation of not only our faith but the reality of all that exists. God has been, is, and always will be. God exists as a communion of three Persons, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Three Persons in one God, but not three beings.
Anything we say about God is going to be woefully inadequate of the truth about who God is. We have a better chance of saying what God is not. To say that God is not a being is a good place to start, because God is not in the same genus as us, nor in any genus. God is not even a supreme being, the being of all beings. God transcends beyond all space and time. God is completely self sufficient, thus he does not need us for our existence, nor does he need anything to exist.
God is infinite act of existence, or in the Latin of St Thomas Aquinas, ispum esse subsistens, the sheer act of “to be”. This means that God has no limitations. To say that God is three Persons is harder for us to comprehend because we often in our modern sense use the words person and being synonymously. To use the word person in speaking of God means to speak relationally.
We describe God as Father because he begets God the Son, God the Son is the one begotten. The Son is not generated or created, because the Son has always existed with the Father. This is true because they are not finite beings separate from one another. They are infinite, though distinct in their relation to one another. God the Holy Spirit is then the Love shared between God the Father and God the Son. God within himself then is an infinite communion because of the infinite giving and receiving between each other. Each Person gives and receives infinitely, perfectly giving all and holding nothing back.
We will never be able to fully comprehend God because he transcends our finite reality, but we can encounter him and develop a relationship with him, because he draws close to us, he reveals himself to us, he seeks us out, his created beings. We are blessed to live in a time when he has already drawn close to us in the Person of his Son.
Jesus, fully the Son of God, fully divine and fully human, has revealed God the Father to us. Through his incarnation, in his becoming one with us in our humanity, we are able to share the love that he shares as Son with his Father who is the Holy Spirit, because all of God’s creation is interconnected, such that what affects one, affects all.
The best way to understand, to know, to build our relationship with God, is not to force God to fit into our finite reality, mindset or limited view, but to be open to, “the Spirit of truth, he will guide [us] to all truth” (Jn 16:13). The Holy Spirit will guide and lead us to all truth when we resist curving or turning in on our self and instead are open to following his lead. When we are willing to be expanded by his love conforming us to God’s will, which means being open to opportunities to be loved and to love in our everyday moments. For where the willing of the good of each other is, God is.
When we as fathers follow the will of the Father, when we are willing to be loved by the Holy Spirit and to love others in return, and when we are willing to sacrifice and serve as Jesus, we are at our best. Happy Father’s Day!