About the "three in one" shorthand: Why "three"? My personal version:
The fullness of Love always creates, bringing goodness into being, even out of nothingness. Traditionally we've named this divine presence "Father."
The fullness of Love always transcends and transforms what exists today, bringing forth the Sacred even from loss, pain, sorrow, and evil. We meet that full divine presence in Jesus.
The fullness of Love always moves beyond itself, flowing and expanding with amazing power and freedom to bring Love anywhere - and ultimately everywhere. Traditionally we've named this divine presence "Holy Spirit."
And again, in the "three in one" shorthand: Why "one"? My personal version:
Can you separate those descriptions of the fullness of Love, can they exist apart from one another? No. Fullness is one integral Whole.
But more than that: that Whole EXISTS as relationships. Nothing about that description of divine presence is static or isolated. Divine presence exists as movement to and movement among and movement with and movement beyond. At least, that's how I experience and understand divine presence.
So the presence of God is relational. It's not simply that other people teach us and guide us and show us God's face. It's not simply that three persons of God mysteriously connect with each other. It's that God's presence is INSIDE THE RELATIONSHIPS THEMSELVES.
To me, that really raises the stakes of my day-to-day life. As I review the past day, how about if I ask:
- Where do I notice Trinity creativity, transformation, and widening of possibilities happening?
In my most important relationships?
In my casual interactions?
In the systems and institutions with which I connected today?
- Did I influence them, and did they influence me, towards or away from Love?
These thoughts are my own ways of making the mystery of Trinity comprehensible and meaningful to me. I want Trinity to be not only a Very Big Mystery but also a Very Big Gift in my life. These ideas have germinated through many years, formed from many sources, which I wish I could cite for you - but they're lost in time.
What does "Trinity" mean for you? Does its meaning raise questions for your daily life?