Gospel Lesson for Sunday June 16 2019
12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.13When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”
We are creatures of threes. Even our childhood tales give us early inklings that there is something about three that is lacking in one or in two. I love the riff that professor Alyce McKenzie does on our propensity to live by threes:
“We read The Three Little Pigs, Three Billy Goats Gruff, Goldilocks and the Three Bears before we eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a knife, fork, and spoon. We hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil despite the fact that we are threatened by lions, tigers, and bears. We play rock, paper, scissors, and we enter into life lock, stock, and barrel. Our goals are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and we count on the judicial, legislative, and executive branches of government to assist us in this pursuit, yesterday, today, and tomorrow, because we cherish our government of the people, by the people, and for the people. We live a hop, skip, and a jump from snap, crackle, and pop. Our journey of life has a beginning, a middle, and an end. On the journey we encounter lights that may be red, yellow, or green. Our motto, for the past, the present, and the future is Ready, Set, Go!”
And then there is the marvelous motto of The Three Musketeers: “All for One and One for All.” This is not to trivialize the concept of a triune God, but to explore another way for us relate to such a complication in our relationship with God who has manifested Himself to us in three persons while retaining one essence.
If God were strictly only ‘One,’ would there have been three days in a tomb without the existence of the living God? If God were only ‘Two,’ would there be any room for others, or would this be a relationship complete unto itself? God has given us enough in Scripture and in our own experiences to conclude that God comes to us in three major ways: Father/Mother (Creator), Son/Savior (Redeemer) and enlivening Spirit (Sanctifier), transporting us into the very arms of God where we join our hands and hearts in the divine dance of the Spirit.
Instead of trying to figure it out, as though it is a puzzle with a missing piece, “Trinity” is one of those concepts that has to be believed to be seen! And the only way to begin to believe it is to join the dance,i.e., accept the hand of Christ and let God’s Spirit take the lead, guiding us into the ultimate choreography of love. It could be argued that the human struggle to untangle this mystery and reduce God to something we can fully understand (read: control) is what launched Adam and Eve straight out of Eden, stumbling and clutching their fig leaves as they went! As St. Augustine told his students while studying the Trinity, “Lest you become discouraged, know that when you love, you know more about who God is than you could ever know with your intellect.”
We tripartite creatures—body, mind and spirit—have received God’s dance steps. When we take God’s hand, and follow in his footsteps, where in the world will our dance with the Trinity take us next? The Shaker dancing song, “Simple Gifts,” reminds us as we join the dance, ‘To turn, turn will be our delight, till by turning we come ‘round right.’ Dancing with God. Wow!!
e-Devotion author: Nance Wabshaw.
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