Trinity Sunday - Year B
A Trinity Thought Experiment
No one except God can understand how there are three distinct persons in one God. We can, however, understand why it is important to us. Here is a theological thought experiment or analogy to explain the meaning of the Holy Trinity.
Imagine a fan with three blades. On each of the blades picture signs labeled "Father", "Son" and "Spirit." Suppose that the "Father" blade is on top. It represents the one life of God. The Father knows about the Son and loves him, so he gives his entire life to his Son. He does not divide his life, he gives it all. Imagine the "Son" blade turning to the top.
When the life is not in the Father and not yet in the Son, it has to be somewhere. It is in the Holy Spirit. (Remember that this is only an illustration of something far more complicated.) So the "Spirit" blade comes to the top of the fan.
Now how can the one life of God be in all three persons at the same time? Imagine turning on the fan. The blades spin so fast that it is impossible to see which is on top. You might say, from this example, that God is a dynamo of love, constantly sharing one life.
If the Father can give his life to two other persons, why not four or ten or a billion? If the Father wants to do this he can. The message of the Trinity is that he wants to do it. The Father wants to include you.
God is Daddy
A few years ago I visited a friend in Tel Aviv, Israel. I had known him for many years, during which time he had married and begun a family. On this occasion he invited me home for a meal. As we approached his house his four year old son suddenly spotted his father and ran from the home to hug his dad's leg. He cried out, smiling, "Abba, abba!"
© 2000 by Father Richard Lonsdale. You may freely copy this document. It may be freely reproduced in any non-profit publication.Thie clipart and commentatires above were originally on a web site maintained by Fr. Lonsdale. To copy the clipart images, click with your right mouse button and use "save picture (or image) as…"To view a complete list of clipart images and commentaries: Lonsdale Commentaries and Clipart