Today we celebrate the Most Holy Trinity, a core belief of our faith. How can we understand this divine mystery, why is it important for us, and how does it relate to stewardship?
Let’s start with the Trinity. Some people may think Christianity has three gods, not one. But not only do we have only one God, in three persons or manifestations, but there are many examples around us that help show how something can exist in three distinct parts or elements, yet still make up a whole.
St. Patrick’s example was the shamrock, three leaves forming one plant. St. Ignatius of Loyola likened the Trinity to three distinct notes that form a musical chord. Bread, a daily staple, consists of three main ingredients, flour, water, and yeast. In geometry, an equilateral triangle consists of three equal angles and sides that form a perfect shape. In chemistry, the Lithium-6 isotope consists of three pairs of two protons, two neutrons, and two electrons; there doesn’t seem to be another such equal molecular form in the Periodic Table. Maybe the best, most perfect example is life-giving water itself, because water can exist in three states, and still be water: as a liquid, a solid (ice), and a gas (steam).
Yes, our world reflects our triune God, but how does this relate to stewardship? Sharing our time, talent, and treasure not only reflects the Trinity, but also our love, dedication, and service. Stewardship is trinitarian by definition and nature, not just application.
So why is the Trinity important to us? The Trinity provides gifts and insights into our God, and gives us direction in our stewardship efforts, so that we provide for others (reflecting God the Father and Creator), share our faith with them (Jesus, God the Son, and the Word Made Flesh), and make stewardship a way of life (God the Holy Spirit). We can become motivated to give constantly of ourselves, not just giving to a particular need from time to time.
Let us be grateful for our triune God then, and let our efforts reflect the Holy Trinity.
--Jim Wollak, Parishioner
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