Reflection for Trinity Sunday – Love in three ways 30 May 2021

Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.” Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things?

“Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

John 3: 1-17

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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

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