Homily: “The God(s) Who Love Us”
Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 9-40 Romans 8:14-17 Matthew 28:16-20 The Message
Once again, in our Church Year cycle we celebrate the feast that is known as Trinity Sunday, and with it, the church year comes to a close.
As soon as I say ‘Trinity’, many of you get ready, expecting another clearly nuanced explanation of a finely tuned , complex theological construct that explores and explains and attempts to clarify, describe and define , how, from Augustine to the most recent theologians, God can be Triune – three persons in one divine nature, without implying that three is one and one is three.
I suppose all that is important, since the concept of the Trinity, along with the assertion that Jesus is both God and Man, are the two fundamental theological principals that almost all mainstream Christian churches agree are basic to calling oneself a Christian.
But, having thoroughly learned all those theological definitions in nine years of seminary study, I don’t look back on them very often anymore. I find that I prefer a much more existential approach to appreciating our multi-Personal God.
After all, the Scriptures are not known for giving theological definitions of those realities most precious to us in revealing the marvels of our God, of His Son Jesus, and of the narrative of God’s dealing with us through the centuries. The Bible is much more interested simply in letting us know of God’s all-encompassing Love for us and for all God’s creation; for telling us the stories of how those in Salvation history who came to know of God’s Love and who followed His Way found God’s presence in both the joys and the sorrows of their life; and how an unquestioning acceptance of God’s Love is not only the secret to both a sense of overwhelming Peace in one’s life, but also is how one finds the direction that makes life productive and fulfilling and complete.
There are no definitions of the Trinity in the Bible. But there is an implied perception that, through Jesus’ sharing with us about his Father and the Spirit that will be sent, that our God is so great and so giving and so wonderful that God not only ‘overflows’ with God’s goodness into creation and this whole wonderful universe becomes the expansion of who God is, but that God even ‘overflows’ within the Godhead itself and becomes more than one reality, is never alone, sharing love and acceptance and understanding even in God forever and ever.
That will give you plenty to reflect and meditate about. Immerse yourself in God. Be imbued with God’s Love. Feel God’s wonderful sharing of all that is good with the Godhead itself and with all creation. Get immersed in this wonderful ‘Divine Dance’ of all that comes to us ‘from the Father, through the Son, in the Holy Spirit. Let all your prayer go from ‘in the Spirit who dwells in you, through the Son, to the Father. And don’t try to ‘understand’ the Trinity. Come to be part of the Godhead. And like our God, create, and redeem and sanctify all that you meet and do – forever and ever, Amen. W. Metzler