On the first Sunday after Pentecost, many in the larger Christian Church observe a day celebrating the Holy Trinity. The week prior on Pentecost, we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. This week we are allowed a little space in worship to remember and contemplate deeply what it might mean that God is Three Persons (and all the mystery related to that), or if you prefer, the idea of God being a perfect community in and with God’s self.
The appointed readings for this day change yearly with the lectionary cycle. If you are following the common lectionary the readings appointed for the day this year (in Year A) all point to the relationship of God with God’s self, the promises of God and creation. The lessons are: Genesis 1:1-2:4a; Psalm 8; 2 Corinthians 13:11-13; and Matthew 28:16-20. The gospel lesson I especially appreciate as it points to what it might mean to live in the community of the Trinity.
It’s important to note, like Sundays and Seasons writes:
“Though the word trinity is not found in the scriptures, today’s second reading includes the apostolic greeting that begins the liturgy: ‘The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.’ In the gospel Jesus sends his disciples forth to baptize in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. More than a doctrine, the Trinity expresses the heart of our faith: we have experienced the God of creation made known in Jesus Christ and with us always through the Holy Spirit. We celebrate the mystery of the Holy Trinity in word and sacrament, as we profess the creed, and as we are sent into the world to bear witness to our faith.” – (Sundays and Seasons, 2014).
Yes, the term Trinity is not found in the scriptures. But the beauty of it is that it helps affirm and give language to the mystery of God. What I love is that it extends an idea of God in community and relationship with God’s self, but also with the hope that that community and relationship is extended to all creation. In this vein, it is an idea that I blogged quite a bit about earlier this year as part of my reflections with the Discourse series.
What do you think about the Trinity? Is it a faith or theological idea and conception which you hold? If you do hold it, what does such a view do for your understanding of God?
Resource Credit: Sundays and Seasons, (Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress, 2014). <http://members.sundaysandseasons.com/index.php>
Image Credit: “Trinity” by Andrey Rublev.