Jesus said, “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.” Maybe there is something unbearable about God.
When have you experienced the unbearable in your life? What happened? How did it come about? In what ways are you experiencing the unbearable today?
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Trinity Sunday, Year A: Matthew 28:16-20 “They worshipped him; but some doubted” (Matthew 28:17). That’s not a bad place to begin a sermon on Trinity Sunday. That little phrase from today’s gospel (Matthew 28:16-20) seems to me an authentic and accurate description of what often happens when we approach this God whom the Church tells us is one God in Three Persons. Worship and doubt … Continue reading We Worship and We Doubt – A Trinity Sunday Sermon on Matthew 28:16-20
John 16:12-15, Feast of the Holy Trinity “Jesus said to the disciples, ‘I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now’” (John 16:12). When I hear Jesus talking about the unbearable things of life I want to run away. But I can’t. It’s too late. There’s no where to go. As painful as it is to remember and as … Continue reading Bearing the Unbearable – A Sermon on John 16:12-15 for the Feast of the Holy Trinity
What I am about to tell you may sound a bit strange. It might even sound as if I am being unfaithful and inappropriate, especially today, the Feast of the Holy Trinity. I think it’s important, however, even necessary. Ready? Stop thinking about God. You probably didn’t come here today expecting to be told to stop thinking about God so let me explain what I … Continue reading Stop Thinking About God – A Sermon for the Feast of the Holy Trinity
I do not intend to try and explain the Holy Trinity, one God in three persons. Some might hear that as a strange or even unfaithful beginning for a sermon on this day, the Feast of the Holy Trinity. Others, perhaps, will be relieved that they are to be spared nonsensical math and silly analogies that are often less than helpful and usually wrong anyway. … Continue reading God the Unbearable, A Sermon on the Holy Trinity
No sooner do I conceive of the One than I am illumined by the Splendor of the Three; no sooner do I distinguish Them than I am carried back to the One. When I think of any One of the Three I think of Him as the Whole, and my eyes are filled, and the greater part of what I am thinking of escapes me. I … Continue reading Gregory of Nazianzus on the Three and the One
The collect and readings for the First Sunday after Pentecost: Trinity Sunday, may be found here. The following sermon is based on Romans 8:12-17 and John 3:1-17. When my younger son, Randy, was about four years old he would wake up about four thirty in the morning and call out, “Dad, Daaad! Can I sleep with you?” I would call back, “Yeah, come on; but … Continue reading A Sermon for Trinity Sunday – Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-17
My hope is the Father. My refuge is the Son. My shelter is the Holy Spirit. O Holy Trinity, glory to you. – St. Ioannikos, 9th century (Prayer Book of the Early Christians) Continue reading Prayer of St. Ioannikos to the Holy Trinity
The collect and readings for the Feast of the Holy Trinity may be found here. The appointed gospel is Matthew 28:16-20. The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. … Continue reading The Choreography of Love – A Sermon for the Feast of the Holy Trinity, Matthew 28:16-20
Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with … Continue reading The Holy Trinity – A Strange and Paradoxical Diversity-in-Unity and Unity-in-Diversity