The best things come in threes, it seems to me. Let’s see. The sun, the moon, and the stars all seem to go together. They are all beautiful, and give light, and fascinate us.
Families come in threes. It takes a mother and a father to create the third person in the family, the child, who is the combination of both of them, with about a billion individual characteristics thrown in for good measure.
The day is divided into three sections: morning, noon, and night. Our basic necessities seem easily divided into food, clothing, and shelter. St. Paul noted that the greatest virtues are three: faith, hope, and charity. There were three magi who sought the Christ Child, and at his most intimate moments with the Father, Jesus invited Peter, James and John to be with him.
Time is divided into past, present, and future. We enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And at those meals we generally use a knife, a fork, and a spoon.
One voice is beautiful, but add another on top and a third underneath and you’ve got a trio―God’s own music. Think of the Andrews Sisters. The Three Tenors. Alvin, Simon, and Theodore. Now there is some great music.
It takes three branches of our government to keep the country from imploding. And, of course, it took three ships sailing the ocean blue to “discover” this land in 1492. That’s right, the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria.
This feast of the Holy Trinity just resonates with us because our human clock seems to be set for threes. When we talk about God, we somehow think in threes.
I’m hungry. How about a BLT?
Do you have some significant threes in your life?
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I have come to light a fire on the earth; how I wish it were already burning (Lk.12:49).