PRAYER: Eternal God, you have revealed yourself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. You live and reign in perfect unity, and work together in perfect harmony. Grant that we, who are made in your image, may live and work together in unity and harmony as advocates for your peace with justice. Amen.
Let’s set the stage for where we are in the church year. Two Sundays ago, we celebrated that Risen Jesus ascends to take his rightful place on the throne, above all power and authority and dominion, and as he ascends, he promises to send the Holy Spirit, who will guide us into all truth. Then last Sunday, at Pentecost, we celebrated that Jesus is true to his promise: God pours out his Spirit on all believers. This is an exciting new beginning for Christ’s body, the church.
Tomorrow, we continue this exciting new beginning with Trinity Sunday. The church always observes Trinity Sunday the first Sunday after Pentecost because Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is the essence of who God is, and how God is at work in this world — therefore, it is the essence of our faith and life as well.
Early on in the life of the church, the relationship of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is described as a dance, a beautiful, synchronized dance where Father, Son, and Holy Spirit pour love and grace into each other, and into us, so that we may make room for others as our Triune God makes room for us.
It is on Trinity Sunday that we also celebrate peace with justice, because peace with justice is rooted in the perfect communion of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The world has a hard time achieving meaningful or lasting peace, but thankfully, God does not leave us with unsatisfying solutions. Our Holy God loves the world so much that God’s peace with justice is satisfied on the cross, where God justifies our lives and makes peace on our behalf, reconciling the world unto himself. Our peace comes from the forgiveness and freedom of the cross, the hope and victory of the resurrection, and the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit, who produces the fruit of the spirit in us. This is cause for much gratitude, thanksgiving, and celebration — and yes, dancing!
Your pastors may not dance in the aisles this Sunday, but I hope that in many other ways, we all join in this divine dance for God’s good purposes and glory.
Peace of Christ be with you, Martha