It’s Trinity Sunday, the Sunday that marks the end of the seasons of celebration and the beginning of what in ‘Godly Play’ is called ‘the green growing season’. And the key to understanding all of this is in the tiny word hidden deep in our Gospel story, and it’s not the word Trinity, which can’t be found anywhere in the Bible. The tiny word is love. Its at the heart of John 3: 16, which describes the heart and motive of God towards the world.
The ‘green growing season’ [Ordinary Time] lasts all of the next 5 months, giving us time to think about what it means to us to be people of love. In this time we will grow in our love of God, in our love of God’s world and in our love for God’s people. We will learn how to reflect the love of the Father who created all things in the way we treat the environment around us. We will learn how to reflect the love of Jesus who went home with those who society despised, and healed those whom no-one else would touch.
We will live out the love of the Holy Spirit, who works within us to transform our relationship with God, enabling us to pray beyond words and works through us to transform our relationship with our friends and neighbours, so that the kingdom might be seen in our homes, workplaces, communities and nation.
Love is the key to understanding the trinity, for love is what underpins relationships. The Gospel story tells us of a man who was seeking relationship: he wanted to talk to Jesus, to ask questions and find out more. The answer was framed in terms of relationship too – a birth relationship, which at its best is a relationship founded and flourishing in love. God loves the world so much that he gave us Jesus, and sent us the Holy Spirit so we might be in that relationship of love for all eternity.
How are you experiencing and sharing God’s love in all it fulness this week?
Revd. Canon Sandra Millar