This reflection was made on the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, based on John 3:16-18.
Someone emailed me a couple of articles written by Fr. Peter Knauer, a German Jesuit philosopher and theologian. He writes about the mystery of God–how what we know about God, whether from reason or even from revelation, is much, much less than what we don’t know about Him.
This is a common insight among mystics–those people among us who have been blessed with such an intense prayer life that they have acquired an intimate knowledge of God. From them we would expect a great familiarity with God. But their consensus has been that the closer they get to approach God, they sense, more than ever, their own sinfulness. More than that, the more they get to know God, the more they realize they know so little about Him. The reason is that God is simply that holy and that infinite; His ways are just way beyond us!
The feast of the Blessed Trinity reminds us of that precisely: How God is such a mystery that we can’t ever completely figure Him out. How can there be one God but three Persons? How can the three Persons be equal and one while remaining distinct? It’s simply beyond any human understanding. There is nothing like the mystery of the Blessed Trinity to remind us just how transcendent and mysterious God is! And for those of us who tend to take God for granted, it is a good reminder!
But I think that’s only one side of the picture. That’s only one take on the Trinity. There is also another way of looking at the Blessed Trinity, and there is also another meaning that we can draw from it. We believe that one of those three Divine Persons, the Son, became human in Jesus Christ–and when our Lord ascended into heaven to “sit at the right hand of the Father,” He did so body and soul. I think this means something really important and radical. Because of the Ascension, something actually changed in the Holy Trinity. There is now also humanity in God Himself! So just as much as the teaching on the Blessed Trinity should remind us of how mysterious God is, it should also make us remember how near God is to us and what we now have in common with with this most Transcendent God. Thanks to our Lord Jesus, God has become one of us because He has gone out of His way to take on our humanity–and to keep it, for all eternity!
So today, Trinity Sunday, we thank God for the love that He reserves for us, a love that not only moved Him to send us His Only Son, as our Gospel reading reminds us, but also led God to take on our very humanity–for keeps!