Dear brothers and sisters, this Sunday we are celebrating the Holy Trinity. God is one, unique, there is no other, yet we Christians confirm that he is three: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Isn’t that a complicated dogma that ultimately doesn’t help much? An insoluble equation just as good for obsessing bored theologians? Would it not be enough for me to know that God exists, that he loves me, and that I can speak to him in my prayer?
This is no doubt enough to have a spiritual life, but there is nothing specifically Christian about it. Confirming that God exists is common to many religions or philosophical systems. Most people would even be ready to admit that there is “something” transcendent, greater than them, and that it is possible to enter into a relationship with it.
What is specifically Christian is to believe in Jesus Christ. And not only to recognize in him a master or a model, but to believe that he is God created for man. Jesus therefore came not only to tell us that God exists, that he loves us and waits for us in prayer; Jesus is God himself, who comes before us and proves his love for us by dying for us on the cross.
And this is where things get interesting because Jesus, he prayed. It seems innocent like that, but take the time to think about it: If Jesus is God himself, then who is he addressing when he prays ?! How can God pray to God? Does that make it two gods? But a source of God to all who can be only one!
And things get tough again! Here Jesus – we heard it in the gospel – promises us that the Father and he will send us a third, the Spirit, who will continue the work of God in us. But who can do the work of God, if not God himself !? And now the unique God is not only 2, but 3!
Note that under its astonishing appearance, this affirmation of a single God in 3 persons could well hide an image of God that is more beautiful and stronger than that which haunts our collective imagination. Instead of a lonely old man lost on his cloud or even a faceless force that would fill the universe like a gas, here we have a God offered to us who is a perfect community of love. In Jesus, God reveals himself personally enough to be one of us and yet infinitely more relational than we will ever be.
In fact, below, when love is sufficiently true between two people, they always become more united, without losing any of their special relationship. This paradox of love, which unites without being confused, God performs it perfectly. He even adds a dimension to it: 3 people who from all eternity love each other so perfectly that they are only one and yet remain three. The back and forth of human love – I love you, you love me – was therefore only a distant evocation of the incredible spiral of love that makes the Father, the Son and the Spirit only one God.
Does this not shed new light on the first reading we heard? The sages of Israel, who already needed the courage to present God and his eternal wisdom as two separate persons, had no idea that they simultaneously evoked the Son, the Word of God, and the Spirit hovering over the water. However, they were right in presenting the relationship between God and His wisdom as a love relationship that precedes all of creation and that is even its origin. For it is in the nature of love to give life: the whole universe is therefore as born of this circulation of love from the Father, the Son and the Spirit.
Moreover, this generation is not limited to the very beginning of the world: it continues all the way up to us. As St. Paul points out, through Jesus Christ we are in the future adapted to God so that the Spirit can pour out His love into our hearts. The very love that springs from the Holy Trinity wants to dwell in us and from our hearts flow over into the world: are we ready to let it happen?
In any case, we Christians should be proud of this mystery, which is the core of our faith. Happy Trinity Day to all!