Scripture Readings: Genesis 1:1-2-4a | Psalm 8 | 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 | Matthew 28:16-20
Rather than offer a sermon this week, I would like to invite us to try something perhaps a little new, but which hopefully can help us grow together in the knowledge and love of God. Below you will find three questions for us all to consider this week, inspired by our Scripture readings as well as today’s feast, Trinity Sunday. Set aside some time (or maybe a few shorter periods of time) this week to prayerfully reflect on and try to answer these questions as best you can. After this time of prayerful reflection, I encourage you to discuss your ‘answers’ with others in the parish, and I for one would love to hear what came to you in this process. I know this might be a stretch for some of us, but I want to challenge you to give it a try.
Many blessings as we seek to worship, love, and serve our holy, Triune God.
1) The first chapter of Genesis powerfully portrays Almighty God creating all that exists, setting it in order, and calling it good. God then creates a community of humans to embody His divine image together, setting them the task of reflecting God’s goodness, and overseeing God’s good world on His behalf. Though the story of Genesis, and the rest of Scripture, goes on to recount humanity’s distortion of this divine image and rejection of this task, Genesis offers us this glimpse into God’s intentions for us. What might a community that truly bears God’s image look like? Why/how might we come to know this?
2) The truth of the Trinity (that the One Almighty God has always existed as Three divine Persons: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) though definitely mysterious, has many important and vital implications for Christians. One truth that it teaches us, which stands at the centre of Christian faith, is that when we encounter Jesus Christ, we are not merely seeing a man sent from God, but God Himself become human “for our sake, and for our redemption” (as the Nicaean Creed proclaims). If Jesus Christ truly embodies God Almighty, if He reveals to us the very heart of the Trinity, then what are some of the ideas and pictures of God that we have to set aside? Why?
3) In Matthew, we hear the Risen Jesus send out His disciples into the world in order to make more disciples from every nation… baptizing them into God’s name and family, teaching them to follow everything He has taught us, empowered by His promise to be with us through the Holy Spirit to the very end. As we think about our life together at St. Luke’s, and in our wider community, what steps might we need to take in order to be faithful to Christ’s mission?