Here’s some highlights from this delightful reflection on the Trinity:
For the Trinity to truly have value for my faith experience, it will have to be more than a philosophical construct. There has to be a living engagement with the triune God. Although there is the problem of gender particularity in the traditional formula of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I haven’t found an alternative that brings personal engagement. Other formulas focus on roles, not personality. Whatever formula we choose to embrace, the point is – God is not simple. God is complex and ultimately ineffable. Perhaps it’s appropriate that we find it difficult to adequately define God as Trinity, but if Christ is the center of our faith, then we must delve into this belief to make sense of our relationship with God through Christ.
The reading closes with the verses that inspire the idea that God is a Dancing Trinity. The Common English Bible brings out this sense more clearly than the NRSV.
I was having fun, smiling before him all the time,Frolicking with his inhabited earth and delighting in the human race. (vs. 30b-31).
I take this reference to be a key to the intimate and dynamic nature of God. God the Trinity is not Aristotle’s “Unmoved Mover.” God isn’t the disinterested Creator of Deism. God is the Dancing Trinity, who in the form of Wisdom, likes to have fun, who smiles, and frolics with the inhabitants of earth. Can you get your head around this image of the God who loves to play?