As I suggested in yesterday’s post, the Lectionary texts for Trinity Sunday aren’t exactly rich and/or full. I’m a fan of the Genesis text for the reasons I explained, but it must also be noted that the Epistle and Gospel lesson are really, really short. Thankfully, I’m taking a class here at Sewanee in which the professors are suggesting that the texts take a back seat on feast days like Trinity Sunday, and that the preacher should instead focus on a (notice that this means one) theological theme that the feast day raises and then see how the Biblical texts might inform that conversation.
For example, on Trinity Sunday, a theme might be: “How Christians engage with the Trinity.” Plenty of examples of parachoresis exist, and I’ll let someone else do the liturgical dance number for that. Instead, I’d jump to the lesson from 2nd Corinthians and explore how Paul’s closing words to the conflict-ridden Church in Corinth help us understand the role of the Trinity in community.
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.”
Through the Second Person of the Trinity, we receive the unmerited favor of God. By grace, we are restored into full communion with the Trinity and invited to take our place in the work of restoring creation to the fullness of God’s dream for it. Through the First Person of the Trinity, we learn about love: perfect and unconditional love that gives of itself fully for the other; love that is so overwhelming that it flows forth and creates new things to love. Through the Third Person of the Trinity, we receive admittance into the Communion of Saints, we take our place in the Church throughout all ages, and seek unity with the faithful in every generation.
Obviously, this is a work in progress, but hopefully you get the idea. This Trinity Sunday, perhaps we should ask our people, “How do you engage the Trinity?” I’m guessing we’ll be surprised by their answers.