It is impossible for us to know all about God, because He is totally beyond our understanding. The only way to know God is for God to reveal himself to us. Ever since God created man in his own image and likeness, man has been creating God in man’s own image and likeness. Some of the attributes humans apply to God are downright false, and an affront to Him.
However, God has revealed himself partially to genuine seekers. There have been great sages who were searchers, and to them God has revealed some of His aspects. For example, Indian sages have concluded that God is satchitanandanityaparipoorna, that He is a being, intelligent, bliss, eternal and perfect. In the Gayatri Mantra, God is described as the support of our life, destroyer of pain, bestower of happiness, shining like the sun, unique, destroyer of evil, and divine intelligence.
Through Jesus Christ, God has revealed something astonishing about His inner life: that He is not a solitary individual, but a community, a community of three distinct persons who are equal and yet one through love. This inner life of God is known as the Holy Trinity. To distinguish these three divine persons from one another, one is called Father, the other Son, and the third Spirit. This is a tremendous and amazing revelation about God’s inner life, an aspect which we would not have been able to discover through our limited intelligence.
This unique revelation implies many things. God’s inner life is full of activity, the Father is turned towards the Son, the Son turned towards the Father, and the Love between them being another person known as the Spirit. The Father is outgoing, the Son is outgoing, the Spirit too is outgoing; reaching out in love everywhere and always. God reaches out to His creation, especially to humans. The Son becomes a human being in Jesus, and the Spirit hovers over the earth, especially guiding, inspiring and strengthening humans everywhere.
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The Holy Trinity thus becomes the model for all relationships, especially for every community, every family, every assembly. The quality of our life depends on the quality of our relationships, and if our relationships are modeled on the Trinity (three different persons, yet equal and related to each other in perfect love) life becomes a joyful and pleasant experience. Love is to be always outgoing, love is sharing, love is respectful, and between lovers there is equality.
The Trinity emphasizes that solitariness is hell and that individualistic selfishness is a curse, unbecoming of any human being. We are born to foster relationships. From the moment we are born, we are related to our mother, father, siblings, grandparents, cousins and the extended family. We are to grow in this relationship, reaching out beyond our extended family. We are to establish relationships with all people, castes, races and nations – which should lead to fellowship, understanding, mutual help and well-being. We are to create a family of nations.
No man is an island, and we all belong to the family of man, and to the family of God. The Son became man that we might become divine. If we understand this and accept it, there would be no more wars, corruption, and exploitation. This is the challenge that the Holy Trinity places before us – be like God, become divine! Becoming divine is an invitation to love, sharing, communion, community, self-communication and joy in giving and receiving. Praise and glory to the Holy Trinity!
Because we are created in the image and likeness of the Holy Trinity, we tend to create communities: families, associations, clubs etc. We try to reach out to others. But then sin comes in and destroys everything. Selfishness, lust, avarice, jealousy destroy whatever we try to build. We have to overcome sin if we want to be constructive.
The doctrine of the Trinity enables to understand how Jesus, a human being could also be divine, the Son of God. The Son became man without losing his Sonship, his divinity. This is very well expressed in the Preface of the Mass for the feast of the Holy Trinity: “You are one God, one Lord, not in the unity of one person, but in the Trinity of one substance. For what you have revealed to us of your glory we believe equally of your Son and of the Holy Spirit, so that, in the confessing of the true and eternal Godhead, you might be adored in what is proper to each Person, their unity in substance, and their equality in majesty”.
Let us pray the Prayer to The Holy Trinity
– – – written by Fr. George Kureethra