Let me tell you about an interesting drive I had into work today. I have been thinking of ways to explain the trinity to my children and yet also let them know that the trinity is a mystery. St. Patrick used the shamrock, some people have used Rings, and I wondered if one could also use light and the rainbow to explain the trinity.
First of all, we know that light is made of many colors. Some say 7, some say 6. I came to know the colors Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet. Some doubt as to whether “indigo” is one of the colors between, so let’s just say for the sake of argument there are 6 colors. Let’s then also take out the colors of the rainbow that are secondary. That leads us with Red, Yellow, and Blue. Interesting, I thought - “God is Light” and there happen to be three primary colors.
Then I tried to determine which color is which person in the trinity. I then paused and knew that I was treading on dangerous ground because all the colors were not equal. But are they? I then remembered what I learned in my high school physics class. Light is not an elementary particle. A photon is an elementary particle of light. So whether the color is red, blue, or yellow, the substance (the photon) is still the same - it just appears to us as red, blue, and yellow.
Then I really started to wonder. I then tried to assign a color to each person of the trinity. Which color should be what. I then thought of the symbols we use for each. I thought immediately that red should be the holy spirit. Then I thought of blood. Is blood red? Yes, blood is red. So Jesus, because he bled, could also be red. But, when blood is in the body, it’s blue. So, Jesus could be blue. But, the Holy Spirit is fire and a blue flame is the hottest. Why did I care what color to assign? Because in a rainbow there is a middle color, yellow and then it hit me. There is no middle color in the rainbow. The rainbow does not start with red and end in blue, the “last” color of the rainbow is purple, a combination of red and blue. Hence the pattern of the rainbow is infinite and it doesn’t really matter what color I assign to the person. Not only is the pattern infinite, the true shape of a rainbow is not an arc, but a circle. A shape with no beginning and no end.
Look at the pattern and then assign a person to a primary color.
R O Y G B P R O Y G B P…
And then think about the relationship amongst the three as the Catholic Answers tract so beautifully put it"
The quotations below show that the early Church Fathers, both Latin and Greek, recognized the same thing, saying that the Spirit proceeds “from the Father and the Son” or “from the Father through the Son.”
These expressions mean the same thing because everything the Son has is from the Father. The proceeding of the Spirit from the Son is something the Son himself received from the Father. The procession of the Spirit is therefore ultimately rooted in the Father but goes through the Son.
So now I am thinking what a sacrament is: a visible sign of God’s grace. Now I am coming to the realization of what light is: a visible sign of God. No wonder John said: God is Light.
P.S. I pray that this was something I dug out of my subconsious mind, because this freaky…I mean freaky.