My dear friends,
I recently read an article by the journalist and commentator Julie Burchill, who describes herself as a believer and who sometimes attends church. A person of strong views; she very much values the Christian Faith but said that she doesn’t believe in the Trinity – quote: ‘when they sing three in one it invariably makes me think of a supermarket special offer, like buy-one-get-one-free.’
We celebrate our Dedication Festival on Trinity Sunday, so how are you with the Trinity? It is often said that it can be a preacher’s graveyard. How can a person talk about a divine mystery in any meaningful way?
In fact, formulas or statements (such as the extraordinary Athanasian Creed) only muddy the waters further. The imagery of a divine dance to which we are all invited or the open sided table to which we are bidden in Rublev’s great icon of the Trinity give us in some small sense a better understanding of the richness of Trinitarian Life. This is ultimately about being bound up in God’s Love. St Paul gives us this quote (1 Corinthians 2:9)
As Scripture says:
“No eye has seen,
no ear has heard,
and no mind has imagined
the things that God has prepared
for those who love him.”
We don’t know what he quotes from, but it gives us a sense of the wonder of the outpouring of God’s Love we understand (albeit in a limited way) as revealed in Father Son and Holy Spirit. Our journey is to both know and live this Love and thus to bring it into the lives of all we meet.