Trinity Sunday

& archive, Year A.

Prayer before reading:

Lord Jesus Christ,
You  call us to come
To be with you.

By your Spirit help me
To see you,
To hear you,
To receive your Spirit,
To be led by your Spirit.

Amen

Read slowly. Listen deeply. Indwell the scripture.

Trinity Sunday:  first Sunday after Pentecost

This side of Eden all of humankind has been seeking a place to call home. As Margaret Guenther says, many think they have arrived, but in our deepest self we know we are still seeking. We are restless, never quite at peace, and even if we are able to purchase or own a house and some land, we are still not content. There seems always to be something more that we need.

But this seeking is for more than a place. The break up in Eden was not just about losing our home in the Garden. It was about multiple layers of loss and separation:

separation from God (When God comes seeking the man and the woman, the man says, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.”)

separation from oneself (after the lie and its distortions enter into and take up residence within the inner being of the woman and the man, they feel shame and a compulsive need to cover themselves up)

separation from each other (When God asks, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten – taken into your body and your true interior self – of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” The man says, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me the fruit. . . “) Now the man and the woman project blame on to each other.

The well-worn but true words of Augustine follow us along all our human pathways this side of Eden:  Our hearts are restless, until they find their rest in Thee. We are created, inbreathed by God, to be at home with God, with our self, and with each other. And we ache the loss of this home for the soul.

It is into this dislocated and aching place within us that the Holy Spirit comes. Just as the Holy Spirit brooded and breathed over the formless void and the dark deep as God spoke all of creation into being, so the same Spirit comes to heal and create us anew.

The dislocation, the multiple layers of separation become mended as the divine physician takes up residence within us, and transforms our broken human image into God’s image; the image in which we were created (2 Corinthians 3:17,18;  4:5,6; Genesis 1:26,27).

Now we are freed to be transformed into Christ’s image.

This is no esoteric, distant theology, written in some book on the shelf in a seminary library. No. This is a knowing, this is our experience, as the Holy Spirit writes upon our hearts, and we become “a letter of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 3:3) We are profoundly changed.

This change brings us into the awareness that God lives within us. And just as God is at home within us, we are called to be at home with God – to live in this new reality of togetherness. This is the communion Jesus speaks of as he reminds us that he is with us always on all our journeys in this world.

And it is this communion which we are a part of, and which Paul helps us remember as he speaks this blessing to the body of Christ – in Corinth, and to us today:

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit
be with all of you.

Trinity Sunday:  a pause in the lectionary pilgrimage to be present to God:  Abba/Amma, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Three-in-One and One-in-Three. A pause to remember, to know we are God’s home, and our home is in God, always.

Trinity Sunday:  first Sunday after Pentecost

6/13    Monday:  Matthew 28:16-20
6/14    Tuesday:  2 Corinthians 13:11-13
6/15    Wednesday:  Psalm 8
6/16    Thursday: Genesis 1:1 – 2:4a
6/17    Friday: 2 Corinthians 3:17 – 18; 4:5,6
6/18    Saturday:  Matthew 28:16-20
6/19    Trinity Sunday:  2 Corinthians 13:11-13