Reflection 16th June 2019

A Reflection for Trinity Sunday

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Many aspects of our Christian Faith have been questioned throughout the ages. Even today many Christians struggle with the ‘three in one expression’ of the Holy Trinity. As believers, we can’t even begin to get hold of or grasp the fullness of the Trinity, our faith helps us in some small way to experience its presence within our lives. It cannot be understood with evidence presented like that in a court room, but it is a reality that we experience through prayer and heart.

The Trinity is the unique relationship of love that exists between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Through the gift of faith, we are personally invited to be part of this dynamic and life-giving relationship. As the first reading this Sunday tells us, ‘…. The love of God has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which we have received.’

Andrei Rublev wrote many icons throughout his life, where he contemplated faith. In the icon pictured here, Rublev presents the scene where three-winged figures are seated around a white table on which a golden, chalice-like bowl is presented. The composition is a great circle around the table, focusing the attention on the chalice-bowl at the centre, which reminds us, the viewers, of an altar at Communion.

On one level this picture shows three angels seated under Abraham's tree, but on another it is a visual expression of what the Trinity means, and what the nature of God is. Reading the picture from left to right, we see the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  We, as people of Faith, approach God who is family.  God is not alone but is expressed through the Trinity and we are invited to be part of this family.

We are made in the image of likeness of a loving God, a Triune God who is not remote.  We are created in the image of God the Father who creates us, of Jesus the Son who saves us and of the Holy Spirit who continues to strengthen us. As we celebrate this wonderful feast, we pray that each of us will continue to be blest in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Mr. Ronan Barry – Ronan works with the Identity, Faith & Mission Office attached to Spiritan schools in Ireland. His areas of involvement include engagement with school charities, ethos-development, pastoral care, religious education and sacramental preparation.