Today is Holy Trinity Sunday in the Catholic Church. This is the time the Church honors God as the Holy Trinity. It follows the Church’s celebration of Pentecost, the time when we, as a Church, acknowledge the gift of the Holy Spirit.
When we talk about the Holy Trinity, we refer to the three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, in one God. Over the centuries, theologians have written brilliant treatises on this subject. I have not read these, nor are they the topic of this post.
Today I want to share with you my own tiny sliver of understanding of this great mystery. As the merest of creatures hoping to get some understanding of my Creator, I have studied and prayed, and longed in my heart for some sense of God. And what I have come to know is this. God exists as a relationship!
I cannot remember where I first heard it expressed this way. It was years ago. But it made so much sense to me. Not only that, it clarified things about my life. If God exists as a relationship, what does that tell me about the importance of relationships? I came to see with special clarity that my life is all about my relationships. From the most casual relationship with a stranger, to the most intimate personal relationships in my own family, I will be judged on how well I have loved.
“God is Love, and he who abides in Love abides in God and God in him.” (1John 4:16)