Vicar’s Reflection: 27th May 2018, TRINITY
The universe is mysterious. A recently completed research project by European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) scientists discovered that protons and antiprotons have identical but opposite magnetic properties to nine decimal points. (Published in Cosmos Oct. 2017) This means that the universe should probably not exist. Yet it does - how mysterious is that! I have a limited understanding of science but what I do understand from scientific exploration is that at the heart of our reality there is a powerful and dynamic mystery. I don’t think we can say that we understand God either, yet Christians have come to believe in God as Trinity. This powerful insight into the mystery of God is what we honour and celebrate today: God revealed as Creator, Redeemer and Life-giving Spirit, or to use traditional language: Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Through Jesus we know some of the qualities of God that we would not otherwise discover through the cleverness of scientists: that God loves and cares for us. Remember that Jesus wept in mourning for the death of his friend Lazarus; that Jesus entrusted the care of his mother to the ‘beloved disciple’; that he forgave his torturers and executioners. What an amazing God is revealed through Jesus and it is the work of the Holy Spirit to bring all this to our hearts and minds and to transform us. Love is the extraordinary power at the heart of God. Perhaps if we understand this it is enough.