This is “Trinity Sunday,” when in the liturgical time of the Church year we have encountered the Father as manifested in the incarnated, risen, and ascended Jesus Christ and then received the promised Holy Spirit. So on this day, we reflect on the triune nature of the one God we worship. This doesn’t have to be difficult and arcane; it can be a wonder-filled acknowledgement of the incomprehensibility of eternity and creation-and of the love that binds and moves it all.
We live in time and particularity, and Jesus came to live with us in this way. Our reading this week from the book of Proverbs reminds us that God exists above and beyond time; the lady Wisdom who speaks in our reading tells us about her creation before the actual work of creating the particular world began. She observed and participated in God’s creative work, the work we read about in the beginning of the book of Genesis. When we affirm our faith each week in the Nicene Creed, we acknowledge that Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, has been eternally of one being with the Father, with him in making all things that were made. God sent Christ into the broken creation of time and matter to live and die as one of us, so that we could be drawn into God through Christ. Then, he returned to the Father, although he still dwells in us through the Holy Spirit.
Jesus alludes to this mediating presence in his words to the disciples in our reading from the gospel of John. The Spirit is present with us to lead and to help us understand the truths that Jesus gave us, but which we have not yet been able to understand. In his letter to the Romans, Paul tells us that this Spirit pours the love of God into our hearts, and it is through this love that we are able to come to the truth in God, not through our own intellect or understanding.
Paul also reminds us that we will come to share in the glory of God in eternity. The Holy Spirit leads us toward this hoped for eternal life by infusing this particular life with the power of God’s love. This is almost too much to hold in our thoughts and comprehend, but we can hold this as an unknowable faith that will allow us the freedom to love and give in this world. Look above and beyond to the Trinity, and then look out into the world and feel the power of the Trinity’s love, even and especially in times of trouble and darkness.