Good News: We belong to a holy love triangle


Christians believe in the Trinity – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. One of the best definitions of the Trinity is that it’s a ‘holy love triangle’.

It’s a unique part of our faith – God is revealed as one God in three persons. Why is this so important? We’re part of a dynamic faith. And unlike human love triangles, which can get messy, the Trinity holds us steady in faith, protected and guided on every side. Created, Redeemed, and Sustained.

I was raised Roman Catholic, and now I’ve been an Episcopalian for over half my life. In both traditions we make the sign of the cross – touching our foreheads, our left shoulder, then our right shoulder while saying, ‘in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.’

Episcopalians return our hand to our heart when we’re done crossing ourselves – Roman Catholics don’t. Those of the Orthodox faith touch the right shoulder and then the left – opposite of the Western Catholic tradition. I just learned yesterday that Ukrainian Christians touch their belly buttons as part of the sign of the cross!

No matter how – or if – we make the sign of the cross, it is a dynamic expression of our dynamic faith. We’re wrapping ourselves in the holy love triangle.

It’s Good News.


John 16: 12-15

Jesus said to the disciples, “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”

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