Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
This Sunday is Trinity Sunday, the only day of our liturgical year that focuses on a doctrine rather than an event or a specific teaching of Jesus. The doctrine, simply put, is that God is one God in three persons-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God relates to his creation in the manner of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, yet God is not three but one.
God is not a riddle to be solved, but a mystery to be adored. A mystery explained ceases to be a mystery. All we know about God is what God has chosen to reveal to us. Beyond that, God remains hidden from us.
This is one of the reasons why, as Episcopalians, we struggle. We know we need to embrace mystery and ambiguity for it is central to our faith, yet we find ourselves living in a world that not only desires, but demands answers. This is one of our great struggles and we face this tension each and every day of our lives. I want to conclude this with a story that might help us all out.
Now there were two men, both very spiritual men and great thinkers, who were walking along the seashore. As they walked they discussed the mystery of God. Each was convinced that the other was making a poor job of explaining what God meant to him. Both were full of objections and problems about the other's idea of God.
Suddenly they came upon a small boy playing by the water's edge. He had dug a hole in the sand and kept running down to the sea, dipping his toy bucket in the water and running back up the beach to empty the water into the hole. They watched him for some time as he ran back and forth emptying and filling his bucket. They found the scene amusing, so they went up to him and asked him what he was doing. The child pointed to the sea and told them; very seriously that he was going to take all the water in it and pour it into the hole he had dug in the sand.
The two men smiled and went on their way, carrying on their discussion about God. Suddenly, however, one of them stopped and said, "You know, we were amused just now when that child told us what he was trying to do. Yet what we have been trying to do in our discussion about God is just the same. It is just as impossible for us to understand the mystery of God as it is for that child to put all the water of the sea into that hole. Our minds are but tiny thimbles, whereas the reality of God is as great as the ocean.
See ya Sunday!
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