Faith Rests on Mystery

Reflection for Most Holy Trinity Sunday by FAN Associate Director, Sr. Marie Lucey, OSF

This reflection was originally posted in our June 5 newsletter

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWho would have thought that the most profound tenet of our Christian faith would become the topic of a contemporary novel made into a film?! However, “The Shack” is only the most recent expression of what seems to be a human need to visualize the mystery of The Most Holy Trinity. We have used a triangle, a picture of two men and a bird, a shamrock; why not a movie? However, all these efforts fall far short of definition and explanation of the profound mystery on which our faith rests.

Christianity is not for those who insist, theologically and spiritually, that seeing is believing, or that everything believable must have a rational explanation. God becoming fully human while remaining fully divine is not rational. Bread and wine becoming the Body and Blood of Christ cannot be proven by scientific inquiry. The institutional Church has many rules, rubrics, and requirements, but the core beliefs that must be held are few, and call for faith in mystery. The Holy Trinity is our most fundamental belief: three distinct but equal Persons in one God, a God whose very nature is community, relationship.

When the worshipping community prays the Creed each Sunday, we say “I believe.” Even in moments of doubt, we proclaim “I believe.” This belief without scientific proof is not lazy or naïve; rather, it acknowledges our humanness and our trust in God “who so loved the world.” St. Francis cried, ”Who are you, O God, and who am I?” Like Francis, we accept our flawed but loved humanity with humility and gratitude when we proclaim “I believe.”

If the very nature of God is love expressed in relationship, then our faith and love must be three dimensional: love God, love others, love myself. So simple, yet so challenging. In today’s Second Reading, Paul insists that the brothers and sisters “encourage one another, agree with one another, live in peace…Greet one another with a holy kiss, and the God of love and peace will be with you.” Living a life of relationship may be harder than faith in mystery.

Sr. Marie Lucey, OSF
FAN Associate Director

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  1. I have come to believe that despite the infinite mystery of Christ, it is our duty to attempt to understand it. Paradox is only a useful teacher as we try to understand how it exists. Without theology, conscience is not formed and actions can not reliably accord with Christ’s intent.

    All action relies totally on our understanding – or lack thereof. The more we understand Christ, the better we will be able to follow His plan. Blind faith has only a random chance of being fruitful – as many of the faithful are finding as they petition in prayer.

    Yes, we will never be infinitely perfect, as Jesus was, for we are finite. But we can approach Him as we delve into His mystery.

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