As a child I enjoyed reading Sherlock Holms and Edgar Allen Poe. It was always fun to see if you could figure out the mystery before it was revealed. The mystery of the Holy Trinity was one mystery I could not figure out! When it comes to the mystery of the Holy Trinity we simply stand in awe and wonder!
How is it that there are three in one and one in three? It is a complex joy to read slowly through the Athanasian Creed and dwell on the mystery! It is a fantastic confession of the divine mystery. As a youngster I would gaze for long periods of time at the various Trinity symbols – even during sermons.
The artistic efforts to show the mystery of the Holy Trinity are amazing and yet we know the symbols we all hold near and dear cannot capture the majesty of the mystery. Even our creeds are only our best human efforts of putting into words the glory of the Holy Trinity!
We begin every service in the name of the Holy Trinity, we were baptized in the name of the Holy Spirit. Often during our worship we make the sign of the cross at the name of the Trinity! It is a beautiful and profound mystery of the Church that drives our mission as we hear our Lord’s words, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”Matt. 28:19-20 Sunday is also St. Barnabas Sunday! Always remember how Barnabas took our Lord’s command to heart and to the streets! May we be so inclined!