As we depart the Easter and Pentecost seasons we are headed towards what is called “Ordinary Time” on the liturgical calendar. The celebration and remembrance of Trinity Sunday was originally placed within the calendar due to a sharp disagreement in the early church about the nature of God being three-persons. This reality of God is one of the sharpest points of misunderstanding, and continues to be so for many trying to understand his true nature.
This week as we reflect on the Trinitarian God, let us be once again reminded of the mysterious nature of this God we serve. Think about it: Jehovah God is worshiped throughout scripture as a monotheistic diety amongst a multitude of pagan Gods. In fact, the Sh’ma – the definitive statement of faith about God from the Old Testament states:
“Hear, O Israel: the Lord is our God, the Lord is One.”
In light of this early theology about God, the concept of the Trinity becomes even more confusing! As we reflect upon the doctrine of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit making up this one God – make room in your hearts to embrace the mystery of God. We often speak quickly and with much certainty about God and his purposes and plans, but when we dig deeper we seem to understand less and less.
Are you okay with this? Are you willing to accept mystery in the place of certainty? If so, join us this week as we reflect on the beauty of the mysterious Trinity.
12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14 He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15 All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31
1 Does not wisdom call, and does not understanding raise her voice?
2 On the heights, beside the way, at the crossroads she takes her stand;
3 beside the gates in front of the town, at the entrance of the portals she cries out:
4 “To you, O people, I call, and my cry is to all that live.
22 The Lord created me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of long ago.
23 Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth.
24 When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water.
25 Before the mountains had been shaped, before the hills, I was brought forth—
26 when he had not yet made earth and fields, or the world’s first bits of soil.
27 When he established the heavens, I was there, when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,
28 when he made firm the skies above, when he established the fountains of the deep,
29 when he assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters might not transgress his command, when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
30 then I was beside him, like a master worker; and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always,
31 rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the human race.
1 O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. 2 Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark because of your foes, to silence the enemy and the avenger. 3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; 4 what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? 5 Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor. 6 You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet, 7 all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, 8 the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas. 9 O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
1 Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
Father I think I have so much figured out.
I walk through my days like I have some kind of clue
I assume much about your plans and motives
So much so I am given to forget my own complexities.
Just as you are mysterious and unknowable,
You have created me in that image.
Help me to step back and gaze upon you
To know you better, to know myself in that light
Let me drop what I think I know and take on something better