Mystery of the Trinity

This Sunday is Trinity Sunday, a Sunday in which we take special time to consider the reality of the Triune God, a mystery that is well mused-upon in the Athanasian Creed, which reads (in part), "That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity; Neither confounding the persons nor dividing the substance. For there is one person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Spirit. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit is all one, the glory equal, the majesty coeternal." On this day of special consideration of the mystery of the Trinity our Old Testament reading shows us that our worship of the Triune God is a worship that we do not embark upon alone; rather, it is an act of humble adoration of which we join alongside the angelic hosts, who boldly proclaim, "Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory." (Isaiah 6:3)

Notice, though, that this cry of humble adoration does not stop at the lips but translates directly into action. At the three-fold cry of the angelic hosts the foundations of the earth tremble, for the name and majesty of our God is mighty. In the face of such majesty, the prophet Isaiah humbly acknowledges that He is unworthy compared to the pristine holiness of the Triune God as he cries out, "Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips." (6:5) However, despite this recognization of his lowly position compared to that of God Almighty, he does not hesitate to respond to the Triune God's request when He asks, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" (6:8)

Isaiah knows that despite his unworthiness he has been touched by the burning fire of the glory of God, as the angel declared, "Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for." (6:7) It is therefore not because of Isaiah's recognization of some inner strength of his own or his confidence in his own abilities, but it is because of his humble acknowledgement of divine holiness and of his own need for redemption that he is able to respond to God's request for a representative by saying, "Here I am! Send me." (6:8) 

As we marvel in the reality of the Trinity this Sunday, let us prepare ourselves to answer, like Isaiah answered, "Here I am! Send me." We have been touched with the fire of the Holy Spirit in our baptisms and we partake in the presence of the Son of God in the eucharist, may we prepare ourselves in these coming days to give our selves, our souls and bodies, to be sent by God into the world as His representatives.

(As published in St. Luke's E-News Update, 5/23/18)