It occurred to me the other day that the Holy Trinity is a very early example of something only recently given to broader conversation: gender-fluidity and polyidentity. The Trinity is described as “three persons in one”, giving the reality of God a multifaceted appearance that has long been a confusing concept to grasp for many Christians. Although we often describe these people in gendered terms (Father and Son being two of them), we explain to our children that God is not a boy or a girl. God is God.
It’s only recently that we’ve come to acknowledge that human beings can identify this same way. It’s a bit disappointing to me that the Catholic Church hasn’t said much in the way of offering inclusion to these individuals. After all, we pioneered such a concept with our own deity, and we also claim that mankind is made in the image of God. It shouldn’t be surprising, then, that there are individuals who feel like multiples and who do not align clearly with the common societal genders.
I look forward to an inclusive Bible that uses the recently recognized “singular they” as God’s true pronoun. It seems theologically sound to me (although I am far from an expert), and it would go a long way toward acceptance. I think They would agree.