God in Three Persons...The Holy Trinity

May 27, 2018

Chemically, the body is unequaled for complexity.  Each one of its 30 trillion cells is a mini chemical factory that performs about 10,000 chemical functions. With its 206 bones, 639 muscles, 4 million pain sensors in the skin, 750 million air sacs in the lungs, 16 million nerve cells and 30 trillion cells in total, the human body is remarkably designed for life.

The human brain, with the nervous system, is the most complex arrangement of matter anywhere in the universe.  One scientist estimated that our brain, on average, processes over 10,000 thoughts and concepts each day.

Three billion DNA pairs in a fertilized egg control all human activities, 30,000 genes making 90,000 proteins in the body. The human body is an incredible and amazing machine! Our human existence is truly a miracle.  The person who creates and makes this whole system work must be the Great Designer.

St. Thomas Aquinas argued that an arrow cannot exist on its own. Someone must first have the idea of an arrow, create it, and put it to flight.  Only then does it ultimately achieve its purpose.  When we see an arrow, we must also see the designer behind the arrow.

In the same way, when we see the beauty and complexity, function and design of how we as human beings are created, we “see” the Great Designer behind our amazing machine!

We believe that God reveals Himself through the Bible and through nature.  What is required of us is to see the person behind the written words of the Bible; to see the designer behind the existence of all of nature, including human beings.

Today we celebrate the most profound mystery of our faith, the Holy Trinity.   Although there is only one God, somehow, there are three Persons in God. The Father is God, the Son is God, the Holy Spirit is God, yet we do not speak of three Gods, but only one God. They have the same nature, substance, and being, yet are three separate and distinct persons.

Confusing?  The Fathers of the Church and many philosophers and theologians have spent years devoted to the effort of figuring out the “how” and “why” of the Holy Trinity.  It was necessary to do so in establishing the foundation of our beliefs.  However, intellectually trying to understand God is not the same as personally knowing God.  Just as when we see a breathtaking work of nature or art, or hear beautiful music, we don’t try to intellectually analyze how everything comes together.  We simply allow this beauty to point our soul to God.

It is through this same mysterious beauty that our soul experiences our God in three persons, the Holy Trinity!

 

 

Kathryn Richards