Matthew 22:37-39: “Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Love threefold is something extraordinary: The Son loves the Father, the Father loves the Son. The Son loves the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit loves the Son. The Father loves the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit loves the Father, and so forth. The Trinity’s eternal flame is the love they have for one another.

The Trinity is a strange concept to the human mind. We are so much more used to things that come in two: Mom & Dad, Bed & Breakfast, Tom and Jerry – you know what I mean.

In the realm of love, regular math simply does not apply. 1+1=2: right? Well, if two lovers come together the outcome will be multiplication not summation. When lovers mingle, they multiply. Offspring comes out of such unions who will also begin to mingle and multiply; and so the world population has grown exponentially ever since the Trinity erupted into a frenzy of activity, creating this great big universe. Love naturally multiplies.

On the other hand, in the realm of the Trinity, do One and One and One necessarily equal Three? Yes and no, so it seems. The Trinity is known as the “Three in One.” Put that in mathematical logical context, and then instead of an explosion you have sort of an implosion. No one is more “One” than the Trinity is. The Trinity are of one heart and soul, eternally fond of each other.

Love defies all concepts and originates from the Trinity. All life forms are because of the Trinity’s undying enthusiasm and love. And as their creation we are only truly happy if we love just as generously. This may seem preposterous – but in all reality we are wired to love like the Trinity, as Jesus worded so pointedly:

“You must love the Lord your God” (….) and: “Love your neighbor as yourself”

We love God, the source of our being, and our neighbor with all of our heart, because it is good for our heart – with all of our soul, because love is life to our soul – and with our entire mind, because love creates a sound mind.

Our existence is wholly based and only thrives on: love – love – love.

“Close your eyes, give me your hand, darling
Do you feel my heart beating
Do you understand
Do you feel the same
Am I only dreaming
Is this burning an eternal flame?”
      The Bangles

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