Pondering for Sunday June 16, 2019

Eucharistic Readings for Trinity Sunday: Year C

Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 Psalm 8 Romans 5:1-5 John 16:12-15

“God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” (Romans 5:5)

As I have shared before, these words are the words we use every Tuesday at our Women’s Bible Study.  So they really resonate with the ladies and me.  We open with Noon Day Prayers on page 103 of the Book of Common Prayer.  We close the opening with a final prayer petitioning God, praying, “Heavenly Father, send your Holy Spirit into our hearts, to direct and rule us according to your will, to comfort us in all our afflictions, to defend us from all error, and to lead us into all truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.” And then we go into our Bible Study.   At this writing we are starting Matthew in two weeks.  It has been a long and educational process.  We started with Genesis in 2006!  We have marched through every page of Scripture (including the Apocrypha) and have learned much.  We continue to learn. It is not how fast we learn but how thorough we learn.

God’s love is in us. Many biblical writings report this; Jeremiah 31:31-34 to what we have in Romans 5:5 today.  God has already done this wonderful thing to bring us closer to God. We just have to rely on it. As the writings say, we have God’s love through the Holy Spirit. As we learned last week (Pentecost Sunday) the Holy Spirit of God has come among us. This Holy Spirit works through the gathered community, the Church. This is why we must come together, yes, in an “organized” religion.  Jesus did not say go and do your own thing, but rather, “follow me.”

We are a creedal people.  My own personal creed is Trinitarian.  While I still adhere to our Nicene Creed I needed to fashion words that more closely articulated my personal theology. And, here it is, “I Trust in the Creating Word through the Holy Spirit of the Incarnate Word, in whom we live and move and love and have our being, and to whom we must give an account.”

I try to be intentional about worshiping God in spirit and truth. This was foretold by Jesus when he said, “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.” (John 4:23) This remembrance of Trinity Sunday informs us that God meets us where we are.  We may need an All Powerful God to move the waters so that we can get to safety.  We may need a companion God while on the road to Emmaus to break bread with us. Or, we may need the Great Spirit God to visit us in our dreams or in the voice of another to guide us on our way.  In all of these cases we are “on the move” with One aspect of the Divine.

This concept is fully captured in the Collect for Trinity Sunday: “Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”

Here is a little note about Father’s Day.  Joseph, husband to Mary, Mother of Jesus, is the best example of fatherhood I think there is.  We do not have one word from his mouth in all the Gospels, yet, we witness his steadfast obedience to God.  He keeps Mary who is pregnant but not by him.  He follows God’s instructions to take the family to Egypt and then to bring the family back to Israel again.  He is a carpenter by vocation who provides for his family and is obedient to God.  As he is a quiet man, I imagine him to be one-who-ponders also.  Maybe he is responsible for Mary using the “Ponder” word in the first place. Who knows. But Joseph was a great dad.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to (and through) God’s people.  John+

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