The Mystery of the Trinity

Mad is he who hopes that our reason can go down the infinite path taken by one substance in three persons. Be content, human kind, with the quia.  Dante, Purgatory, iii 34-37


I am a reasonably intelligent person (although I am quite capable of being a dunce at any given moment). I read substantial books in the fields of philosophy, theology, literature, history, spirituality, and leadership. I think (analyze, critique, synthesize) and reflect (pray, discern, imagine). I give quite a bit of my daily time to these activities.

I like to figure things out. 
Interpretation and discernment (making sense and meaning) and helping others understand and align to wisdom, is my vocation.

But...
I also love mystery.
There is a mystical tone that flavors and colors my soul (a mashup of metaphors).

Concerning the supremely important TRUTHS that matter most, while I use my mind to think and reflect so I may understand and engage those truths, still, I can only go so far. There comes a point when faith, love, hope, trust, acceptance, surrender, fidelity must swell up and say yes. 

Such is true for the TRINITY, God who is one God, one nature, yet three persons.
Such is true for JESUS, the second person in the Trinity who is fully God and fully human.

Dante, the poet who did for the Italian language, what Shakespeare did for the English language, tells us we who are reasoning humans, must be content with the QUIA.

QUIA is a Latin word and it means BECAUSE.
It also means NOT COMPARABLE.
We could just say, QUIA means:  it is what it is.

Be content, human kind, with the I AM WHO I AM
because the incomparable one IS WHO HE IS.

Beyond this, reason cannot go.

There are more things indeed, in heaven and earth, than are dreamt of or understood in most of our theologies.

For me, this is not a frustration, but rather, a great joy, a great wonder, and it leads me to worship.
 

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International

BrianRice@lcileaders.org