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June 4, 2023

Holy Trinity Sunday

Genesis 1:1-2:4

Psalm 8

2 Corinthians 13:11-13

Matthew 28:16-20



Dear fellow ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ,

grace and peace to you

from the one who is one in three and three in one. Amen


Today is Holy Trinity Sunday,

it’s a festival that has been kept since the tenth century (Gail Ramshaw, Sundays and Seasons)

on the first Sunday after Pentecost

as a special celebration of the mystery of the triune God.


The doctrine of the Holy Trinity is just that,

a doctrine,

a set of beliefs held and taught by the Church,


the word trinity does not appear in the Bible,

though we do hear references to what became the trinitarian formula

- father, son, and holy spirit-

as we did in our readings for this morning,


but just what this means

and how this works

has been debated throughout the centuries

and many people labeled heretics

for their specific take on how to explain the trinity.


Which makes sense

the how of the trinity

is at its heart a mystery,

because the idea of the trinity was not born out of logic

but out of experience,


our experience of God has come in three forms

, described as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

or Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer,

or Lover, Beloved, and Love,


we experience them each as distinct

and yet also inextricably part of one whole,

and here I am getting close to trying to explain a mystery

and if I go any further

will probably commit at least one heresy if not more than one.


but not being able to explain the how of something

does not negate the truth of what it is,

and what the trinity is,

what we humans have experienced over the millennia

is a unified and yet diverse God,

a God that is a community within Godself

who created the world to be as interconnected as its creator.


We heard the first creation story this morning

how the breath of God swept over the waters of chaos

and God spoke light into being

and separated the light from the dark

the day from the night,


and from there we heard how each step,

each next day of creation built on the last,

separating waters and land

filling both with plants and creatures

the heavens with Sun, Moon and stars


And finally God created humans,

in the divine image

- the divine image resulted in a variety of humans-

and God told the humans to care for the creation.

and it was all very good.

And God rested.


Any creation reflects its creator,

and our heavens and earth are so intricate and intertwined

that even with the scientific method and advanced technology

all made by God given brains,

we are still discovering just how interconnected we are,

how the good or ill of one little thing

has an impact on the rest.


And so we marvel with the psalmist,

 O Lord our Lord,

  how majestic is your name in all the earth!—…

 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers,

  the moon and the stars you have set in their courses,

 what are mere mortals that you should be mindful of them,

  human beings that you should care for them?


What are mere mortals that you should be mindful of them?

Mere mortals,

the psalmist alludes to what we know deep within us,

whether we admit it or not,

that as mortals we will mess up.

We will make mistakes,

we will intentionally put ourselves first

and in the process harm creation and one another.


we know deep within ourselves

our failings and frailties

we know we are not God


Yet you have made them little less than divine;

  with glory and honor you crown them.

 You have made them rule over the works of your hands;

  you have put all things under their feet:


We are imperfect and God has entrusted us with a great responsibility

It’s mind boggling when we think about it,

we wonder why God did you entrust all this to us

when you knew of our capability to mess things up,

something we quickly proved adept at?


God created us because the creation needed us,

we are a part of the interconnected community of creation,

a creation which God continues to care for

and God knew that because we are humans we needed help,

we needed Jesus,


one who was flesh and blood,

who lived as we lived

and shared the experience of life on earth

and at the same time is the image of the invisible God.


If you’ve seen me you’ve seen the father

Jesus tells the disciples in the gospel of John,

and then the disciples witness Jesus go to the cross,

for the sake of the whole world,

and they witness him risen on the third day

overcoming the greatest break in relationships in the world,

death,


Jesus rises again

promises that with him there forgiveness and new life

for all the times we break relationships,

whether it is our relationship with one another

or our relationship with the rest of creation.


We are human,

mere mortals,

and God cares so much for us

that God, Jesus,

died for us,

and promises to be with us.


We heard that promise from Jesus in our gospel for today,

the end of Matthew’s gospel

where Jesus is preparing to return to the Father

but before he goes

he reminds them that all authority in heaven and earth

has been given to him,


and then he uses that authority

to send the disciples out to care for the world,

by baptizing in Jesus’ name

and teaching the world

everything Jesus taught them,


and he knows that sounds like a daunting task,

so he ends with a promise

“And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”


Jesus is with us,

in the places he promised to be:

Water, Word, Bread and Wine,

and in other places in life,

times where we feel the presence of God,

or more often times when we look back at events

and realize that God was at work in this way or that,

that the spirit of God was there

even when we didn’t realize it.


We experience God as creator,

God as Jesus the savior,

God as Spirit who accompanies us,

all different forms,

all one.


They say it takes a community to raise a child,

the same goes for humanity I think,

it takes a community to raise humanity,

a community within God’s very self,


Perhaps this is the wisdom of celebrating

the diverse unity of God

the week after Pentecost,

the day when God affirmed that the community

who gathers to follow Jesus

needs a wide variety of peoples,


that it is good that there are people

from all around the world

who now hear and understand the good news of Jesus

in their own language,

through their own understanding of the world.


We are interconnected,

Intertwined,

Made in the image of God

We need one another

We need God

God: Father, Son, Holy Spirit,

Parent, child, Love.

Lord our Lord,

how majestic are your names in all the earth. Amen


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