The Trinity Is Not an Abstract Doctrine

Christian_Triquetra I wrote yesterday about my growing awareness of the love of God as a community of persons. I was brought into this community by faith in the Son of God and through Christian baptism. This is why I was baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Far too many Christians I’ve known over the years seem to find the Holy Trinity to be nothing more than an abstract doctrine. It is not, in their understanding and experience, a living community of persons. We think of God as pure mystery, at least in the sense of his being someone who is impossible to understand, rather than as an invitation to endless love and understanding. The fact that God is three persons in one is a mystery, a mystery so profoundly deep that it is endlessly rich. It is in this sense that St. Paul speaks of “the mystery of God.” Without this insight our life will become little more than a moral effort through which we seek to live by the law alone.

This journey begins when we seek to understand and appreciate the words of Jesus in John 17: “The world must recognize that I love the Father.” Only then will we enter into this community and movement of divine love, making our life a journey of incredible joy. Through the Holy Spirit God pours his love into our hearts.

All authentic Christian spirituality is intimately connected with the Trinity. We are called to accept, to nurture and to radiate to others the love of the Son for the Father. This love is within each of us in Christ through the power of the indwelling Spirit.

It is thus accurate to say that we are indwelt by the divine Trinity! And this indwelling is rooted in eternal love.

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