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Monday, July 8, 2013
Today’s Reading | Luke 10:21–24
At that same hour Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
Then turning to the disciples, Jesus said to them privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.” (NRSV)
My nephew once came back from an outdoor activities retreat and announced to his parents that the trip had been very good. He had been riding horses every day, playing lots of sports, made good friends, and even had a discussion with the chaplain about the Trinity! “I had never heard of that before,” he stated.
I found it interesting that for all his time spent at youth group and Sunday school, he had never (knowingly) reflected on the Trinity as an expression of God.
I suspect it may be because it never came up; it seems hard enough to engage adults with the complex theological history, language, and conceptualization involved, never mind pre-teenage boys.
The words of Jesus in today’s passage may, however, open some doors for all Christians, regardless of age, to begin to reflect on this foundational understanding of God.
Rejoicing, thankfulness, handing over, intimate knowledge—these are all terms used by Jesus in reference to the Father and the Holy Spirit and are all relational words, so we surmise that Trinity involves relationship.
That may be an adequate place to approach the Mystery: the very being of God implies relationship.
God is One-ness by communion, never single or alone,
All togetherness, including, friendship, family, and home. Amen.
(prayer text from a hymn by Brian Wren)
Reflection written by Calum I. MacLeod, Executive Associate Pastor and
Head of Staff
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