Trinity Sunday is always a challenge on which to preach – how do we begin to grasp an understanding of the Trinity? Richard Rohr, in his book ‘The Divine Dance’, unpacks this in a refreshing way as ‘relationship’. Rohr challenges the modern Western mind-set of being a self-made person who exists as an independent person, he claims that we exist only in relationship, just as God is relationship within the Godhead as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He says that the Way of Jesus is a Trinitarian way of living, loving and relating – on earth as it is in the Godhead. He claims that we need to recognise that we are intrinsically like the Trinity, living in absolute relatedness and that we call this love.
In His commissioning of the disciples Jesus tells them, and us, to go and make disciples of all nations. Filled with the Holy Spirit we go into the world, back to our homes, into our workplaces with a calling to live like the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, in relationship. We can do this quite simply by being loving. Paul, in his final words to the Corinthians, reminds them that being brothers and sisters in our faith means we need to actively work at our relationships, always seeking to build them by taking the approach of sharing, communicating and caring. Our relationships, one with another, are also clearly seen by the communities that we live in and hopefully reflect the world around us – God’s love not simply for ourselves but, more importantly, for others. We must never lose sight of being ambassadors for Jesus in all we do, as we seek to live in our community with each other.
18 June 17 News Sheet