All Saints Messenger - June 12, 2014

posted Jun 12, 2014, 10:24 AM by Church Secretary

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,


This Sunday is Trinity Sunday, that day of the Church year that celebrates a doctrine.  It is the only day in the church year that does this.  On top of this the Trinity is almost impossible to explain.  Some use the fact that water can be liquid, steam, or ice to help explain what it means to be God in three persons.


I prefer to use the Sassafras branch image.  If you have ever looked at a Sassafras branch each branch has three types of leaves, it is the only specimen in the world that does this.  How is it that one tree has three different types of leaves.  It is fascinating.


The Book of Common Prayer does not really help us much.  The definition in the Prayer Book leaves us wondering about the mystery of God more than when we started, ""The Trinity is one God: Father, Son, & Holy Spirit."  There, that's's settled! Not!


I found an image that may help you as you wrestle with the concept of the Trinity:




The term Trinity is from the Latin tri, "three," and unitas, "unity."  The term was devised by Tertullian to express the mystery of the unity-in-diversity of God.  The Trinity is a perfect relationship of love in which neither unity nor distinctness of the divine persons is compromised.  God's life is understood to be dynamic, loving, and available to be shared in relationship with humanity for salvation.


That's a lot to comprehend and maybe you can't comprehend it or just don't want to: you're comfortable with the mystery of it all.  That's OK. The knowledge that God is a mystery, revealed to all, and for all really is enough.  The reality that we can meet God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is all we really need as we live our journey in this wonderful, creative world being transformed by God's Spirit!

See ya Sunday!

Blessings, Peace, Joy, & Hope,