Here’s a story that my pastor shared today, on Trinity Sunday.
There were two workers along the highway, following each other. The first worker was digging a hole every 10 meters. His colleague was following him and filling up the hole with the mud that had been previously removed. A gentleman was watching this activity from the other side of the road. He finally couldn’t deal with watching this any longer and crossed over. He asked the workers, “Why do you dig holes and fill them? What’s the point of it all?” The first worker replied, “my job is to dig the holes, so I do.” The second worker said, “my job is to fill the holes and so I do what I am supposed to. Normally when our third member is here he plants trees too.”
The Trinity is like the 3 member tree planting team. You cannot separate the team and deal with just one or two, and be satisfied that it is done. You need all three who cannot be separated though they are distinct, thus we have God as one, and yet three in one, Trinity.
If you are interested in my previous thoughts on the Trinity I’ve covered it a couple times before. I’ve used the idea of Trinity to explore partner dance, and as dance poetry. I also have touched on the relational love that the Trinity represents when discussing how so often we lose the idea that faith and the Catholic Church is not about me (one), but us (the entire team), about the relational nature of love.