Sunday 7th June 2020
This half term the Christian Value is perseverance so, over the next few weeks, I will be sharing with you some bible stories which give good examples. We are all having to persevere through this time of isolation but, like with these stories, we have faith and it is this which will bring us out of the tunnel smiling.
Trust Forgiveness Peace Thankfulness Compassion Friendship Love Hope
Jonah and the whale.
Reflection for Trinity Sunday
There is a reason why at the Eucharist we say the words “Great is the mystery of faith”. The Holy Trinity is difficult to explain let alone grasp or understand. And in trying to explain the doctrine of the Holy Trinity we can easily commit some heresy.
The doctrine of the Holy Trinity is not given to us in Scripture, explicitly, it took many years, hundreds perhaps for an agreement to be made. It took years of detective work. It took many years of arguments and heresies, conflicts, and executions.
When St Patrick was challenged on the doctrine of the Trinity, he held up a shamrock, he asked his listeners whether he held one leaf or three. Patrick said that if they could not understand the shamrock, then how could they expect to understand the Trinity.
The shamrock, or clover, it is widely used to represent the Trinity, as is the fleur-de-leys. The equilateral triangle is a most ancient symbol, when three objects are woven together it is likely to symbolise the Trinity, three circles, three fish, three rabbits for example. These symbols are all around us in our churches and mean the same thing, Sanctus, Sanctus Sanctus. Holy Holy Holy. God in three persons blessed Trinity. More recently the words Creator Redeemer Sustainer have been used instead of Father Son and Holy Spirit.
What the Holy Trinity tells us is that God is in community with God’s self. God is not alone, and therefore neither are we. Our faith is lived out as a community, people coming together to worship, and often trying to make sense of complicated doctrines like the Holy Trinity. We may feel far apart during this time of lockdown but we are together in our faith community and with God the Holy Trinity.