The Trinity, Creation and Us

Reflection for Trinity Sunday by FAN Board Member, Sr. Maryann Mueller

This reflection was originally posted in our May 16th newsletter

“For Christians, believing in one God who is trinitarian communion suggests that the BRIDGE 3Trinity has left its mark on all creation.” -Pope Francis, Laudato Si, 239

Our readings this Trinity Sunday enable us to appreciate the relationship between creation and the Trinity, an understanding handed down to us by our Franciscan tradition. One of the many contributions of Saint Bonaventure to our appreciation of God’s creation is that all of creation is the fruit of the divine, dynamic and self-giving love of the Trinity. This Love “was poured forth, at the first, before the earth” (Proverbs 8:23). Furthermore, as Pope Francis states in Laudato Si, Bonaventure taught that “each creature bears in itself a specifically Trinitarian structure, so real that it could be readily contemplated if only the human gaze were not so partial, dark and fragile” (Par.239). When we say human beings are made in the image and likeness of God, we are saying we are made in the image and likeness of the Trinity.

What is the trinity imprinted in us trying to teach us? As John states in today’s Gospel, “I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.” (John 16:12) In Laudato Si, Pope Francis states that the human person lives the trinitarian dynamism imprinted in them “to the extent that he or she enters into relationships, going out of themselves to live in communion with God, with others and with all creatures” (Par. 240). Inclusion of all peoples and acting as if all creation is interconnected and interdependent is not a popular practice in our culture. Who can bear to hear it? This Trinity Sunday, rather than trying to explain or to understand the mystery of the Trinity, let us try to capture what our lives would be like if we acted out of “the love of God (that) has been poured out into our hearts” (2 Rom 5:5), the self-giving love of the Trinity imprinted in each of us. Let us for this one day try to go out of ourselves to live in communion with our God, with all human beings and with all creation.

Sr. Maryann Mueller, CSSF
FAN Board Member

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