By Fr. Frank J Timar, MSC
We say we believe in the Trinity. We believe there are three Persons, One God, so we profess. We sign ourselves in the name of the Trinity countless times every day.
Three thousand years ago, a man by the name of Moses lived much of his life in the desert. One day, Moses, climbed Mount Sinai and made a daring proposition. He asked God: “O Lord, do come along in our company.” We don’t find these words daring at all and don’t have a problem saying things like, “Vaya con Dios”, “God go with you,” or “The Lord be with you!” But in the time of Moses, the people didn’t know much about God at all. But they soon found out how much God cared for them. From that day on, God stuck by His chosen people. They came to know Him as a Father. They could not see Him, but they were aware of His care and love for them through the events of history.
But the story doesn’t end there. Twelve centuries after Moses asked God to journey with them, Jesus told a Pharisee, named Nicodemus, something astounding. Jesus told him that God loved this people so much, that He sent His Only Son to become one of them. God became human! Because His Son became human, the Father now shared in human life and we humans could now share in God’s very life which begins with our baptism.
God wasn’t finished. The story goes on. Some years later, the followers of Jesus were locked in a room for fear of their enemies. Suddenly, the Spirit of Jesus, the Holy Spirit, burst in upon them in a roaring wind and made His presence known by tongues of fire. Now, God was not just a companion on the journey. Now, God was no longer present among His people in human form. Now, God was one with us in the closest kind of intimacy. His Spirit lives in our hearts.
Moses dared to ask God to share the life of his people. But, in his wildest dreams, he would never have dreamed it possible for the people to share in the life of God. Moses would never have come up with the thought that the God who came to him in the burning bush was Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We still don’t know God. But we do believe that the Creator God is our Father, that He loves us so much that He sent His Son to become one of us, to be our brother and to die for us, and that it is the Holy Spirit, the Giver of Life, who makes it possible for us to live the life of Jesus who is love.