Love is central to the relationship of Creator, Redeemer, Sanctifier
by Sister Laura Zelten
This weekend we celebrate Trinity Sunday. Of all the mysteries of our faith, the Trinity can be the hardest to understand. We are all familiar with different images of explaining the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. St. Patrick is said to have used the three-leaf clover. St. Bonaventure described the Trinity as a “fountain fullness” of overflowing love. These images are helpful but they do not tell the whole mystery of how God exists as both one and three.
As I pondered how to write this reflection it came to me that the Trinity demonstrates to us a God of relationship. What binds the three together is love, and love is the key to understanding the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. So, instead of trying to understand the mystery of the Trinity, what if we try to understand the Trinity as the overflowing love of God, which, writes St. Paul in the second reading, “has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit”. Such an enduring love calls us to praise God’s holy name.