“Trinity Sunday, Year A 7 June 2020
Rev Kate McDonald”
Genesis 1.1 – 2.4a, Psalm 8, 2 Corinthians 13.11-13, Matthew 28.16-20”
“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
I’m Kate McDonald, Associate Minister of St Andrew’s Jerusalem and Tiberias. As we gather on this Trinity Sunday, let us still ourselves in the presence of the Triune God as we pray our collect for today:”
“Father, we praise you: through your Word and Holy Spirit you created all things. You reveal your salvation in all the world by sending to us Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh. Through your Holy Spirit you give us a share in your life and love. Fill us with the vision of your glory, that we may always serve and praise you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”
“This morning, we start at the very beginning. Our first lectionary reading for today from Genesis takes us back to the beginning of our scriptures, the beginning of the world, the beginning of time, as we read again the amazing story of how creation came into being.
And as the story unfolds, it reminds us of God’s vision for this world we live in. It is a world which is good, blessed, and intended for flourishing, because the one who created it is a God of goodness, blessing and abundance. Creation is God’s love expressed, and this story tells us of a Creator intimately involved with the world.
And we hear that God created humankind in God’s own image, that we may reflect that goodness, blessing and abundance.
As Thomas Merton wrote, ‘Life is this simple. We are living in a world that is absolutely transparent, and God is shining through it all the time’.
But do we really live as though that is true?
Right now, I am heartbroken and angry. Because as I read this beautiful story of creation and God’s intention for us, I am also watching people in America mourning the death of George Floyd and protesting decades of racially motivated police brutality.”
“I am hearing the cries of the mother of Iyad Halak, the autistic boy shot by police in Jerusalem.”
“I am seeing images of Torah scrolls cut to pieces, and torn prayer shawls thrown in a toilet in an attack on a synagogue in Montreal.
In this world which God loves so much, I am recalling the poem from Somali-British poet Warsan Shire:
later that night
i held an atlas in my lap
ran my fingers across the whole world and whispered
where does it hurt? it answered everywhere everywhere everywhere.
Between the time I record this and the time you hear it, how many more senseless acts of violence and desecration will have been committed?
The systems of oppression and structural injustice which mar creation and tarnish that image of God which each and every person bears are in direct opposition to God’s desire for the world.
So on this Trinity Sunday, as it falls in this time of turmoil and trial, we need this reminder of God’s goodness, blessing and abundance — because that is where truth is, that is where our hope lies.
God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit is perfect love, perfect relationship. And God has created us to dwell in that love, to rest in that love, to dream from that love, to act from that love as God invites us into relationship with God and with one another. In this God promises that whatever we face, we are not alone.
Our scriptures reveal to us God’s heart, God’s longing for us, God’s calling for our lives…. And our scriptures are also filled with the struggle of God’s people to live into that calling.
In Genesis, God gave our ancestors care over creation, commanded them to be fruitful, to allow for the flourishing of the whole world and all God’s people. But even in paradise they wrestled with temptation and a desire for power.
At the end of Matthew’s gospel, Jesus meets his disciples on the mountain in Galilee and from there sends them out into the world to make disciples of all nations, baptising and teaching.
Some of those who were with him that day worshipped, but even face to face with the Risen Lord, some of them doubted.
And as he closes his second letter to the church at Corinth, Paul encourages the people to repair what is broken between them, to be in harmony with one another, and to live continually in peace. But despite his pleas, the community was rife with division and dispute.
We struggle to reflect God’s goodness, blessing and abundance.”
“And that is why this promise which is embedded in each of our readings, this promise that
permeates throughout our entire scriptures, is so important.”
“God is with us.”
“God has walked with our ancestors from those first days in the garden, as near as breath. God was with the disciples as they walked down from the mountain.
And God was with the church at Corinth — mingling with them as one translation says — as they heard Paul’s words.”
“God was with us.
God is with us.
God will be with us.”
“And when the world is hurting and we are hurting with it, let us come back again and again and again to this promise because it has the power to change us and change the world.
How might we care for creation when we truly believe God is beside us in the garden? How might we speak to others when we truly believe God is with us?
How might we act towards those who are different from us when we truly believe God is mingling amongst us?
Our hope lies in God’s invitation to relationship, God’s desire for us to dwell in perfect love, to rest in that love, to dream from that love, to act from that love.
The God of goodness, blessing and abundance is with us.
Thanks be to God.”
“Holy and everlasting God, you promise to be with us always. Fill our hearts with your compassion to hear the cries of those who are hurting, angry and afraid. Give us courage to heal what is wounded and reconcile what is divided. And guide us in your way of justice and peace, that we may reflect your goodness, blessing and abundance. In Jesus’ holy name we pray. Amen.”
“God the Holy Trinity make you strong in faith and love, defend you on every side, and guide you in truth and peace; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.”