Trinity — a mystery worth thinking about

May 21st, 2008 Posted in writing

On Trinity Sundays, most priests avoid preaching about the Trinity, presuming that there’s no hope in trying to get people to think about the inner life of God, Who is Three-in-One and One-in-Three. But it’s not impossible to talk about the Trinity, and the ancient Christian writers give us some help.

They used a word to describe the inner life of God: perichoresis, a Greek word that means dance. The Trinity is always engaged in a great and wonderful, creative, unique, and ever-changing dance of life and love. When the Trinity dances, worlds come into being, love pours out into the universe and undreamed of things become possible between people.

By staying connected to and engaged with creation, other people, and God, we join in the dance, however haltingly, and show that we are creatures made in the image and likeness of God and destined to dance with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit not just now but for all eternity.

Picturing eternal life as a never-ending, never-tiring dance of love, now that’s something to think about.

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