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30th May 2021

posted 28 May 2021, 03:40 by Church Office
Parish Eucharist - Trinity Sunday

Trinity in Dark Tones (Genesis 18) by Alek Rapoport, 1994

Today is Trinity Sunday. To be honest, my heart sinks. Look at this extract from the collect for Trinity Sunday “you have given us grace by the confession of the true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal trinity and in the power of the divine majesty, to worship the unity”. What does that mean!

Trinity Sunday is NOT a day to celebrate a complicated, little understood, much misunderstood, doctrine. It is chance to reflect on how we experience who God is and how that affects who we are.

Our Gospel (John 3:1-17) recounts a long and confusing conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus, at the end of which Jesus speaks plainly: “God so loved the world he sent his Son.” It’s about love (of course it is!).

In his complex instructions to Nicodemus on how he can become a child of God by rebirth through the Spirit, Jesus is offering Nicodemus a relationship with the divine, he is inviting him to be part of a love story.

As we begin Ordinary Time, Trinity Sunday offers us a chance to become more human by becoming more divine: we who are bound by ties of deep love to our creator are called to be in a relationship of love with one another and with God’s creation.

The Readings

Isaiah 6:1-8

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one called to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”

The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”

Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!”

Gospel Reading John 3:1-17

Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.” Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things?

“Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.