Would you want to celebrate your birthday by sitting alone at the dining room table and singing “Happy Birthday” to yourself as you watched a single candle burn on a slice of cake or would you prefer a party with family and friends?
If you were awarded an unexpected promotion and bonus at work would you just keep the news to yourself or would you want to share that good news with people you know?
Given a choice would you rather shoot hoops by yourself in an empty playground or would you prefer having a pick-up game with your neighbors?
Most of us would choose interacting with other people.
Life is meant to be shared. That is why solitary confinement is such a cruel form of punishment. Imagine being deprived of human contact for days, weeks, months, and sometimes even for years.
A need for human contact is built into our very nature. As God observed, “It is not good for the man to be alone.” (Genesis 2:18) That need for community, for relationship, should come as no surprise since we are made in the image and likeness of God. And God, as this Sunday’s Solemnity of the Holy Trinity proclaims is a Divine Community – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Down through the ages, preachers have used various images to give some insight into the mystery of the one, indivisible God being Three Divine Persons.
They have used a shamrock with its three leaves on a single stem. They have used a triangle with its three equal sides. They have used the three forms of water – a solid, a liquid, a gas.
While Jesus speaks of himself and of the Father and the Holy Spirit in the Gospels as he does this Sunday (John 16:12-15), the Gospels do not explain the mystery of God. How could they? God is beyond our human understanding.
However, our need for community reveals something about our nature, and it also reveals something about the nature of our Creator.
No one wants to be utterly alone, in solitary aloneness, not even God! The One God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, three Divine Persons in an eternal community of love.
© 2019 Rev. Thomas B. Iwanowski