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Why bother with three persons in one God? First, the Trinity is not something the Church invented but a truth God himself revealed. While the term itself does not appear anywhere in the Bible, the reality of the Trinity is nevertheless attested by it. And this can be gleaned from God’s interactions with his people; in different times revealing various facets of himself. It is through such thousands of years of relating with God that we have come to understand, albeit incompletely and through his guidance and grace, the complexity of who God is. God as Trinity is something we have experienced and it is at the foundation of the very life and history of the Church. Perhaps that is why the Apostle Paul was able to mark his greeting with the Trinitarian formulation we still use today: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you” (2 Cor 13:13).
Second, we are made in the image of this Trinitarian God. Thus, we find in God the secrets of our own persons-our purpose and essence. And what we find in God is this: that as he is, so we are created out of and for love. In God we find three Persons locked in an eternal gaze toward each other, an endless and omnipotent exchange of divine love. Especially in the human experience, it is difficult to substantiate a love that is isolated. Indeed, we find love only when there is a possibility of sharing it. To understand God as three Persons makes the truth of God’s loving essence more accessible - because in God’s very essence love is real. And with this knowledge we can proceed to make this love just as real in all our relationship.
Third, and most simple of all, we teach the Trinity because God matters. Christianity is not a mere set of ethical principles to live by, a collection of laws that must be followed. At the core of Christianity is a relationship. As such, we care not only about what is taught but also who teaches. When we love someone, we are not satisfied with a cursory knowledge of the person’s character. Rather, we strive to know the minutest intricacies of the person in order to love him or her more. The same must be true with all Christians. We are not merely interested in living good and orderly lives through Christian tenets: in fact, as Christians we are most interested in the person, rather the Persons, of God-so that we may order ourselves to become more like God and to others better, so that we can more completely love God. And thus remains the challenge that the truth and mystery of the Trinity always poses to us.
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Mary Mother of God, Pray for us.
Your servant in Christ,
Father Khanh D. Nguyen