Sunday, 7th June 2020 is ‘Trinity Sunday’ in the Church’s calendar.
It’s the day when Christians take the opportunity to explore one God in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit; three persons in one God.
The triangle has great strength as a shape in construction. There is a kind of mutuality, between the length of its sides and the angles at its corners that holds it firm. Threeness and strength go hand in hand.
In the Hebrew Bible (the Old Testament) the number three was held to signify perfection or completeness. There are three Patriachs (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob), Jonah was in the belly of the whale for three days and three nights and so on. The tradition carries on in the New Testament: Jesus rose from the dead on the third day; he was tempted three times and Peter denied knowing him three times and affirmed his love for Jesus three times following his resurrection. Finally, Jesus’ ministry lasted three years.
On Trinity Sunday, we are inspired by our God who is both Trinity and Unity. As a Church we worship the fullness of the Trinity and the simplicity of the one God. Putting them all together we get a vision of relationship that is complete and simple in itself. At one, unified.
Amidst the continuing uncertainties of our current health pandemic, our world has been unified during this last week, in a commitment to fight the pandemic of racism that has blighted God’s world for far too long. The horrific death of George Floyd (a 46 year old black man) in Minneapolis on 25th May, has reignited a cry for ‘truth, justice and equality’ not only in the USA, but around the world. Sadly, systematic and institutional racism is alive and well, but three words have brought unity across ethnicities, faiths and genders - ‘Black Lives Matter’.
One unified belief born out of three words:
Equality - Black Lives Matter.
One Love, One Hope in three persons:
God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit.