Today is Trinity Sunday which is another of those Sundays which happens every year. The texts are different from year to year but it is still Trinity Sunday, just like last Sunday was Pentecost. So what does one, in this case what do me, have to say this year?
I’m glad I am not under any obligation to come up with something “new” or “novel” when it comes to these annual Sundays. It is a relief to realize all I’m called to do is be faithful to the texts as I understand them this year. This year I’ve been thinking of the Trinity as relationship and what that means to my understanding of God. It means quite a lot of things but if absolutely nothing else it means relationship, and relationships, matter. It means our own relationality is a reflection of God. I have also been unlearning some of the things I somehow picked up along the way, one of which was, “God created the universe and everything in it, including and especially people, to fill a relational hole in God”; this is not true. What is true, is when we work on relationships, when we do everything we can to make them better and stronger, we are doing God’s work. Building, creating, caring for relationships so they can become a closer and more accurate reflection of the relationship between the persons of the Trinity is, if not the most important work we can do, then critically important work.
As always, let me know what you think.