What would you answer if you were asked what was distinctive about Christian teaching. It could not be belief in God or the importance of creation, most of the world’s religions believe as much. It could not be the importance of living a good life at the service of others as again this is found in many other religions. Our Moslem and Jewish friend believe that God is one, and also, like us, look forward to the resurrection of the dead. The thing that sets us apart is the feast that we celebrate this Sunday – the feast of the Most Holy Trinity.
This doctrine, and those allied with it such as the incarnation, is central to the Christian understanding of God, and central to our understanding of how our loving God has been revealed to us. We believe in God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. When we read the gospels we see that God at work – in the incarnation, in the baptism of Jesus, in his Passion, and in his resurrection.
And the wonderful thing is that we are called to be caught up into the ‘dance’ of the three divine persons. We are called to share their life. Whenever we pray it is to the Father, through the Son, in the power of the Spirit. The sacraments too make known that pattern of divine life. The doctrine of the Trinity is not theory or abstraction, rather it shows the reality of the life of the Christian.