June 12, 2022 The First Sunday After Pentecost: Trinity Sunday

June 12, 2022
“Trinity Sunday”
The Rev. R. Allan McCaslin

Readings: Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31; Psalm 8; Romans 5:1-5; John 16:12-15
From the Book of Proverbs, “Wisdom shouts, ‘To you, O people, I call, and my cry is to all that
live.’” I speak to you in the name of the most Holy Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Proverbs tells us that Wisdom is the first thing God created before God made the heavens and
the earth. Wisdom, that great gift we sometimes refer to as simple “common sense”, urges us to
seek after God, which as our text says, is available to all people – not just the elite, the wealthy, or
those of a particular nation. Wisdom calls to all humankind, and we would do well to both hear and
truly listen for her voice.
Today is Trinity Sunday: That great occasion when, instead of speaking about all that God has
done and is doing in, as well as through us, the Church shifts her focus to the glorious majesty of
God’s own person, God’s very nature. Now most preachers cringe at preaching on Trinity Sunday
because it is pretty much impossible to fully comprehend the vastness and depth of God let alone
describe God in ways that are fully understood. So, on Sundays like today, Priest’s hope that there
is a Seminarian or Deacon to assign the task of preaching about the Trinity. See, the truth is, I do
not know everything about God and that is the wonderful thing about this Mystery of the Holy
Trinity. It is a truth that continues to be revealed, and continues to invite us to ponder, and slowly
embrace it even as we struggle to understand it. And in the midst of our wondering, our exploring,
our questioning, Wisdom continues to call to us and to the world – call us to listen, to watch, and
learn about this being we call God and seek to embrace all that God is.
Christians believe and describe God as our Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer: Our source of
life, of redemption, and strength. That God has been revealed throughout scripture in three ways
and that these three ways are not three separate beings, but rather, that one and same God at all
times. And that’s where this mysterious description of God can become downright confusing. See,
we describe God in terms of being “three persons” and yet, such leads to confusion – even in the
Church - because it suggests that God is either three distinct and individual beings or, even worse,
that God is somehow schizophrenic. But when we speak of God in three persons what we mean is
that God has been revealed in three very distinct ways: God the Creating Father, God the
Redeeming Son, and God the Sustaining Holy Spirit. But, again, there are not three Gods, but one
God revealed in three ways. Confused? Don’t be discouraged. It took the Church nearly 400 years
to come to agreement on this Triune nature of God and we still have much to learn. But speaking
of God as a Holy Trinity affirms that God is the very source of our life, our breath, and our hope.
Today’s lessons direct our attention to how God has been revealed as Creator, Redeemer, and
Sustainer not in order to confuse people of faith, but rather, so that we will be encouraged to seek
God in new and even deeper ways.
Psalm 8 proclaims the greatness of God as Creator of the world and universe. A creation that
God cares for dearly and yet is willing to allow humanity to be master over it. This speaks of God’s
confidence in our ability to choose to follow God’s ways; our ability to hear Wisdom’s voice and
actually use common sense as stewards of Creation. Nevertheless, the very real threat of global
warming and our inability to agree on how to address it, demonstrate we do not always choose
wisely and tend to ignore common sense putting greed for exorbitant profits and personal gain
above concern for the future of this planet, the future of creation itself. Whenever I hear Psalm 8:5
“What is man that you should be mindful of him?” I cringe because surely we can and should do
better with that which God has entrusted to our care. Fortunately, this same Psalm also proclaims
that God’s creative power is never ending. God creates and sets all things in motion and this
creative power continues to work and evolve in the universe. Psalm 8 affirms that there is always
hope for this world if will we acknowledge and foster God’s creative gifts in nature and within our
own selves. Our Psalm affirms that God is Father and Creator of all.
St. Paul, writing to the Church at Rome, reminds us that God’s own self was revealed when God
chose to be born among us in the person of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer and Savior through whom
we have been reconciled from sin and are at peace with God. Remembering the context of the
Roman occupation, Paul has much to say to the Church about God’s peace vs. the Pax Romana
created by Augustus Caesar – an empirical worldly peace kept in place by brute military force. But
the peace of God is different. It is offered and received by God’s grace. Paul tells us in these few
short verses that the God of Abraham, the Creator of the world, the God of all people, Jew and
Gentile, has established peace through Jesus Christ. Peace that reconciles us to God and to one
another - Jew, Gentile, the neighbor known to us, and the stranger. Peace that redeems and offers
abundant life to all who will believe. God redeems the world through the Son.
Jesus, speaking to his disciples in today’s reading from the Gospel according to John, offers a
further revelation of God. He speaks of the Holy Spirit through whom Christ will continue to be
present among us. It is this Holy Spirit who continues to teach, lead, and guide us into all truth.
Our Lord says that the Holy Spirit will be our Advocate – our helper, intercessor, and sustainer – he
will be Christ in us and will work through us to bring God’s message of salvation to the world.
Through the Holy Spirit, God sustains us.
God our Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer and also our Guide is the source of our life and
continues to work in and through all who believe and have faith in Christ. Still, much of what I
have said this morning is about what God does and how God reveals himself to us. What about
God’s being – God’s own majesty? How do our lives – our choices, our values, our actions, our
words - proclaim our reverence and obedience to the God in whom we have put our trust?
See there is no question that we truly worship God and yet I wonder if the Wisdom spoken of in
Proverbs is calling us into a deeper truth and a deeper way of expressing the transforming, the
creating, redeeming, and sustaining presence of this Holy Trinity in our daily lives right now.
To that end, perhaps we need to take time to reflect on where God’s creative power continues to
be revealed to us as individuals and as a community of faith, and then decide what to do about it.
Is the mystery of God’s compassion, love, and grace so evident in our lives that others are
encouraged to come to Christ? Do we see, and do others see, redemption in our relationships with
each other, our families, friends, and neighbors? Even as stewards of Creation, does the example
of our lives – our choices, our values, our commitment to following Christ and everything he taught
us, speak to God’s peace and hope? Is our wonder about the glorious mystery of God urging us to
further study, prayer, and ministry through which the Holy Spirit might move and shape us as an
even more unique and grace-filled, merciful, and forgiving Body of Christ? I know, these are a lot
of questions. But Trinity Sunday is more than a theological teaching moment. It begs us to pay
attention to everything the very God whom we claim to worship and love, has said. Proverbs says
that Wisdom called humanity from before we were even created and begs us to listen, to ask, and
to seek God in every moment and every circumstance of our lives still today.
It is because of that promise of Wisdom’s eternal call that I believe the message for the Church
on this Trinity Sunday, 2022, is urgent given these days of increasing violence, denial and ignoring
common sense, days of climate change, racism and elitism, days of greed for power and money at
the expense of others. We, the Church, every Christian, must grasp that in order to make any
difference in this world and change its destructive trajectory, God’s revelation to us, and very
presence at work within us, God’s revelation and presence as our Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer
needs to be as much a part of our very being and how we choose to live as it is the very core of
God’s own self.
Friends, our Collect for Trinity Sunday asks God to keep us steadfast in our faith and bring us at
last to see God in God’s one and eternal glory revealed as our Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier:
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. By the grace of God may this be so not just at life’s end,
but every day of our lives from now on. Amen.