I once heard Trinity Sunday described as the “Bermuda Triangle for preachers”, where so many lose their way in an attempt to explain the mysterious interaction between The Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I learned long ago simply to celebrate the mysterious yet awesome power of The Trinity, rather than try writing a lengthy exegesis on it – after all – God moves in mysterious ways. At risk of being accused a heretic, I would however dare to suggest that the Trinity is incomplete. For the whole thing to work to its full capacity it needs us to join in. In his brilliant sermon at Her Majesty’s Jubilee service, the Archbishop of York said…
“For me, the best leaders – like Paul, like Jesus – are those who know how to be led. People who lead for others, not themselves. People whose heart’s desire is to serve the common good and build up the common life; who don’t try to do it all themselves, or act in their own strength alone; people who take a longer view; and who seek out places of replenishing, even places where they might learn the mind of Christ…. Sometimes people say to me that the Christian faith is just a prop. I couldn’t agree more. I’m not ashamed to say I lean on Jesus Christ, that I’m trying to live close to his heart”.
At that same service, the Prime Minister read Paul’s words from his letter to the Philippians, chapter 4 verse 8…
Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Some may question the suitability of the reader for that reading, but I will most certainly never question the wisdom and integrity of our Queen, who has remained faithful to these words throughout her reign. To paraphrase Paul’s words and to summarise all of the above, think about Jesus. This is where I consider the Trinity to be incomplete, it should actually include you and me. When we model our lives around Him, the Spirit comes upon us and the power that created the heavens and the earth is ours to use to His glory. As for the mysteries of the Trinity, I don’t need to know how my CD player works to enjoy the beautiful sounds it makes, I do however need to plug in and switch on!
This Sunday let us celebrate and give thanks for the three persons, the wonderful interaction between them and us, and the unlimited results we can achieve together.
Rev Geoff Eales