Today the Church celebrates one of our moveable, and most confounding, Feast Days: The Feast of the Holy Trinity.
Here’s the thing about the Holy Trinity: it is a mystery to be held, not a problem to be solved…so we should stop trying to solve it, already.
At its best this doctrine, and this Feast Day (which has been celebrated on this Sunday after Pentecost since at least the 10th Century), honors the ineffable nature of the Divine. Using ancient numerology and a mystic mindset, it acknowledges that some things are unknowable, always spinning, and that this can be comforting for a humanity that longs to peg everything down.
A God who cannot be pegged down is endlessly possible.
At its worst this doctrine has become a (primarily masculine) box that explains in ways that don’t make any sense who God is and how Jesus and God are related, and then throws in a bird (or are they all the same and not related at all? See what happens when you think about it too much?!).
The Trinity is a Divine whirlwind of creativity and love.
The Trinity is a thought that is foundational to all other thoughts.
The Trinity is mother of all, the stream in which time is caught up, the hovering mist that covers existence.
And it is also none of this.
The Holy Trinity is a reminder for me, and should be for the whole church, that any effort to peg the Divine down is a fool’s errand (thank God).
-Icon is Crow Trinity written by Fr. John Giuliani