Monday, 20 June 2011

Sermon Springboard Text for Trinity Sunday: with Reference to Genesis 1, 2 Corinthians 13 and Matthew 28

I call it a springboard because it's my starting point. Where I sprang can be found in the audio recording the link for which is found at GENEralities if and when it gets posted(sorry for the poor sound quality).

The way I see it the Holy Trinity is mystery and metaphor. Absolutely true but not easily definable—at least not by someone of my intellectual capacity. I don’t know how it works, but I know that it does.
I could allow myself to get all bent out of shape because of that—because I can’t fit the mystery of the Living God into my tiny mind—or I could just decide to write the God, the church and the Bible off because I can’t get my mind around it all.
Or I can trust that God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit; will give me what I need to know when I need to know it.
In the meantime, although I can’t fully understand things great and marvelous like the Holy Trinity, what I do know is this: as we heard in the wonderful children’s story version of creation (http://www.jesusstorybookbible.com/index.php), God the Father loves me (and you) with all his heart and if there is any loveliness in us it is because of that fact.
From 2 Corinthians I know that in addition to the love of God the Father, the grace of the Lord Jesus is with me and so is the communion (fellowship) of the Holy Spirit. Day by day. Whether I understand how it works, or not.
I know that Jesus was there at the beginning in Genesis—he says so himself and so does John at the beginning of his gospel. As we read in Matthew, the disciples saw the risen Jesus in Galilee, all authority was given him and that he is with me and you still, always and to the end of the age.
And, also in the meantime, I can decide to act on what I can understand—love God, love my neighbour, have mercy, forgive.