Wisdom, truth and
love seem to be the themes of readings today, and that love will lead to hope.
It’s a tough sort
of feast, as we cannot understand the truth of the Trinity. But we can ‘hit’ it
from different angles.
The wisdom of God
has been born before the beginning of time. Somehow wisdom is essential to God
– and is presented very often as female. In celebrating the Trinity we celebrate
and ask for wisdom which comes from the heart of God. So wisdom is the sort of
wisdom that comes from love.
Love is ‘poured’
into our hearts by the Spirit. Connected with love are qualities we would want
to live by – courage and hope. These are the gifts of the Spirit as wisdom may
be the gift of the Father.
Jesus is presented
by the gospel as the source of truth. His also is the truth of love, as his
truth is best seen on the cross, in his self-sacrificing love.
the most famous
icon of the Trinity by Rugenev, well-known to us now, has the Trinity at a
table and an empty space at the table for us all. We are part of their love,
and their life of wisdom, truth and love which they wish to share with us.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the
Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world
without end. Amen.
Donal Neary SJ.