May 2021

Icon of the Trinity – Andrei Rublev 1411

O World Unknowable

My dear friends,

The end of the month sees us celebrating the Feast of the Holy Trinity, a concept most of us might regard as somewhat unknowable! Of course, we have Church doctrine and the Creeds to assist us, yet how can we truly express the mysterious nature of God – one in three and three in one?

We can certainly gaze at the night sky – at the myriad stars and the Milky Way. Here is the sign of the Creator’s power evident in the birth and death of stars and galaxies; in the farthest reaches of the universe … or are there multiverses? Yet a creational love seems to me to be shot through the glory of all that exists.

The Son we can say more of. All that we can know within our humanity of our shared life with God is seen in the face of Jesus Christ – the Word made flesh. He reveals the call to be part of the Divine story by offering as much love as we can to the ‘other,’ regardless of cost.

What of the Holy Spirit? Again, the mysterious ‘pull’ of God within people’s lives. The inward grace – always longing for us to be as united as we come to this grace in order to grow spiritually in the way we view the world.

Yet even writing this seems only to scratch at the surface of what we can know of the God who is love. Perhaps ours is the journey just to let go and live, allowing God to abide with us in every aspect of life. Then, we can join Francis Thompson as he starts his poem In no strange land:

O world invisible, we view thee,
O world intangible, we touch thee,
O world unknowable, we know thee,
Inapprehensible, we clutch thee!

O Holy Trinity – unknowable, yet known – fill us with the fire of your love!

With love,

Michael