Today is the annual Southside Irish parade in Chicago which kicks off the many celebrations of St. Patrick’s Day. I think for many Catholics, when they think of St. Patrick, they think of his 3-leaf clover metaphor for the Trinity. I suppose that helps for little kids, but what about us adults?
Too often the Trinity is dismissed as a mystery that we can never understand. While we can never solve the mystery of the Trinity, we can KNOW it. Doctrine is meant to help us understand. The doctrine of the Trinity helps us to understand the God in whose image we are made: a God who is, in essence, loving relationship – 3 persons in one God. This means that, as people made in God’s image, we are called to live in loving relationship with all people – to truly be community.
3-leaf clovers are fine, but the real message of the Trinity has to do with how we live. Let’s use this coming week to help our students understand that the doctrine of the Trinity calls us to live in loving relationship with one another just as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are, in essence, loving relationship.