A Faith Beyond Understanding

Readings for June 16, 2019
Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Proverbs 8:22-31
Psalm 8
Romans 5:1-5
John 16:12-15

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Regardless of how much time I spend in prayer, how many Bible passages I read and reflect upon, or how often I go to Mass, there are things about God that I still do not understand. The fact is, God is and always will be God, and I am not and always will not be God. I will never be omnipotent, and as a human being, everything I interpret about the limitless nature and wisdom of God can only come from my own limited understanding.

But I’m human, and so I have a hard time accepting this truth. Plus, I am curious, I want to know everything about everything, but especially about God. And as someone who spends a great deal of his time reflecting on the Bible and striving to understand God, believe me when I tell you that this goal is impossible, except through faith.

The Trinity is an excellent example of this. The idea that God is three persons in one God is very difficult to understand and confuses many, myself included. Take St. Augustine’s writings on the Trinity for example:

“The Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit intimate a divine unity of one and the same substance in an indivisible equality; and therefore that they are not three Gods, but one God: although the Father has begotten the Son, and so He who is the Father is not the Son; and the Son is begotten by the Father, and so He who is the Son is not the Father; and the Holy Spirit is neither the Father nor the Son, but only the Spirit of the Father and of the Son, Himself also co-equal with the Father and the Son, and pertaining to the unity of the Trinity.”

I will never fully understand this explanation of the Trinity. And I don’t need to. My curiosity is quenched by my faith. When curiosity asks “Wait…what?” Faith answers “Trust God. Lean not on your own understanding.”

And despite my lack of full understanding, I do believe. God, the Father, is my Creator. Jesus, His Son, is my redeemer. The Holy Spirit, the sanctifier, is my advocate. These three persons are one God, and while I may try to understand, God does not fit into neat or separate boxes, and the limitless nature of God cannot be bound by my intellectual limits. Rather, it is important that I focus less on what I do not understand, and more on what is known fully to me through faith: I have a God from Whom I have come and to Whom I will again return.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen

7 thoughts on “A Faith Beyond Understanding

  1. This so resonates with me:

    “But I’m human, and so I have a hard time accepting this truth. Plus, I am curious, I want to know everything about everything, but especially about God. And as someone who spends a great deal of his time reflecting on the Bible and striving to understand God, believe me when I tell you that this goal is impossible, except through faith.”

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  2. Well said. I too over think to understand. To be and to know are not dependent. To be and to trust in “I am” is enough. Love your writings, truly a blessing.

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  3. Wow Tim!

    Awesome reflection.

    We can never “know” God in this lifetime; we CAN however know how much He loves us and what HE plans for our mortal life.

    The Eucharist is Jesus in Person
    FROM God the Father
    OF God the Son
    BY God the Holy Spirit
    There is no greater evidence of GOD”S love for each of us; how Blessed and Graced we are.

    There is no more compelling reason to be an Informed and fully practicing Catholic than this Reality. Amen

    Tim, once again I am reblogging your POST
    Continued Blessings,
    Patrick

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  4. Lovely, Tim. And I too have just written about God not fitting into our boxes, today. It is certainly true. He continually surprises us! Gd bless you Tim.

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