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Each year, this Sunday is set aside for us to reflect on ‘The Trinity’. We acknowledge this doctrine throughout the year, especially whenever we recite one of the Creeds, but too often the words just flash by. On this day, many preachers try to explain The Trinity by use of symbols like triangles and intersecting circles, or examples such as ice, water, steam, or different facets in our own life. But it is still not easy to understand. St Augustine spent decades writing his 15-chapter book, De Trinitate, and almost gave up.


The theology of the Trinity is a difficult subject to explain or discuss. Indeed, there is no explicit description of the Trinity in the Scriptures at all; the orthodox view of the Trinity (as three persons in one God) is an inferential conclusion from the Bible that took generations to assemble. The best we can do is accept it as a faith doctrine and encompass it in our beliefs.


Our scriptural readings today from Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, Psalm 29 and John 3:1-17 all seem to hint at the Trinity rather than naming it. It may be interesting for some that such a key doctrine is never explicitly stated in the Bible. Yet from ‘Holy, Holy, Holy’ in Isaiah and the human encounter with God, we come down the centuries to a prayer like ‘St Patrick’s Breastplate’, which opens with:


I arise today through a mighty strength,
the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
of the Creator of creation.


Let us pray for those who struggle with the balance of faith, for those who find God the Father abstract, or the Spirit too confronting, or Jesus too distant.


Peace and Grace of our Triune God be with you.

 

Fr Ron.

For Fr Ron's Sermon from Sunday 19th May <<click here>>

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