Why I Don’t Understand the Mystery of the Holy Trinity

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God who is and who was and who is yet to come.

Revelation 1:8

I want to write a blog post for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, but I feel like I’m not qualified. It seems like I have more questions about the Holy Trinity than information about it. I know that statement might discredit me, but this is the mystical nature of the Trinity.

Aside from the fact that it’s the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in one, the only thing that I can say with certainty about the Holy Trinity is that we can’t completely comprehend the Trinity. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be a mystery.

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When I first learned about the Holy Trinity, I thought I knew it all, as kids often do. I was probably in CCD classes preparing for my First Holy Communion when I learned that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are the Holy Trinity. Three in one. Boom. Next topic. I didn’t get why people grappled with this concept when it was so simple. God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are three separate entities and the same simultaneously. I didn’t understand the complexity of the Trinity until I got older.

The first few times I heard that the Holy Trinity was mysterious, I somewhat rejected it. I knew, or so I thought, what the Trinity was, so how could it be a mystery? As I learned more about theology, I finally realized that I didn’t know as much about the Trinity as I thought. As I studied morality and theology of the body, dove deeper into Scripture through Bible Studies, and made my Marian Consecration, numerous questions about the Holy Trinity surfaced that have never crossed my mind before. I would write them here, but many of them are so abstract that I can’t describe them as efficiently as I’d like to. Especially through college, I’d rack my brain trying to understand facets of the Holy Trinity, but I could never reach the answers that I was looking for.

In the end, I had to resolve that the Holy Trinity is a mystery. By it’s very nature, I’ll never be able to understand it. It’s humbling for me to admit that I don’t understand something, but it’s even more humbling to admit that I can’t understand something. But faith is greater than knowledge, and this is an instance where I need to rely on faith rather than my own understanding.

If you relate to this experience with the Holy Trinity, I hope this post showed you that it’s okay. The Holy Trinity will be a mystery to all of us until the end of the age. Regardless of its mystical nature, my relationship with the members of the Holy Trinity changed for the better, not for the worse. I know for certainty that I love the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Like Proverbs 3:5 I let my faith and not my own knowledge or understanding guide me as I surrender myself to the beautiful mystery of the Holy Trinity.

~Stay radiant!

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