The Spirit of truth will lead you.
Rom 5:1-5; John 16:12-15
Desire – The heart of God.
We do not find an explicit statement of the doctrine of
the Trinity in the Gospels; it took centuries of discussion before the
Council of Nicea came up with the language we profess in our creed about
Father, Son, and Spirit. What we do find is a seminal faith and an
experience of God present in the life of Jesus and the early Christians.
As a Jew Jesus would have daily prayed the great Jewish proclamation of
faith, ‘Hear O Israel the Lord our God, the Lord is one.’ Drawing on
his Jewish traditions and Scriptures Jesus spoke to God as ‘Abba’,
father. While the Greeks had the idea of God as a distant impersonal and
immovable being, Jesus knew God as personal and loving.
experience of an intimate loving God continued in the experience of the
early Christians who glimpsed that while the historical Jesus of
Nazareth was no longer with them, Jesus as the Risen Christ was a
powerful presence, still alive in their midst, and they experienced this
as a powerful Spirit of love, courage, gratitude and peace, even in the
midst of hostility and suffering. They knew with the certainty of
experience God as Father, as Son and Spirit. How this could be so,
remained mystery, as it still is, but the experience of love has its own
certainty, as Paul writes with conviction: ‘the love of God has been
poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit which has been given to us.’
For this certainty, he will travel thousands of miles to share his
experience, and ultimately will give his life.
section from John’s Gospel continues Jesus’ Final Discourse as he tries
to console and encourage his disciples on the night of his arrest. He
promises them that even in his absence they will still have an advocate,
a teacher and guide; they will not be left orphaned. The understanding
of God as Trinity can also help us understand our own life.
Trinity expresses the Christian faith that the essence of Divine life
is a love that reaches out to another in desire to be in relationship.
As this Gospel reveals, the Spirit is turned towards Jesus, the Son; all
the Spirit expresses comes from the Risen Christ, just as all the
Father has, is given over to the Son. Our own relationships and desires
for love image the dynamic self-giving within the life of God. As
Genesis states, ‘in the image of God they were created, male and
In celebrating the Trinity, may we also celebrate and give thanks for our participation in this life of loving desire. May the patterns of our own loving mirror the generous self-giving of our God.
© Mary Coloe