Next weekend is Memorial Weekend. And on Sunday we celebrate The Holy Trinity. Trinity Sunday, the first Sunday after Pentecost, has been kept since the 10th century as a special celebration of the mystery of the triune God. I hope you can join us for worship. We’ll have some great music, including two of my favorite hymns: “Holy, Holy, Holy” and “Come, Join the Dance of Trinity.” And I have a special gift for the children.
The story is told of how Saint Augustine, one of the greatest intellectual giants of all time, wrestled with the doctrine of the Trinity for days. Finally, he had a vision in which he saw a little boy filling a pail with water from the ocean, carrying it some distance, and then dumping it in another place. “What are you doing, little boy?” asked Augustine. “I am moving the ocean from this place to that place,” said the boy. “You foolish lad,” said Augustine, “you cannot empty the ocean with your little pail!” “You call me foolish,” replied the boy, “but what about you? Do you think that with your human mind you will succeed in encompassing the mind of God and emptying the depths of the Trinity?” Augustine awoke and concluded: the only way to think of the Trinity is to think of the unfathomable love of God which unites creation and redemption and is made real to us through the Holy Spirit. You have insight into the Trinity, Augustine said, if you have insight into love.
Blessings as you ponder the
Scripture Between Sundays,
Erick Johnson, Interim Pastor
St. Stephen Lutheran Church
Sunday’s Scripture Reading: Isaiah 6:1-8; Romans 8:12-17
For This Week
Questions for Reflection:
How would you explain the Trinity to someone new to the faith?
What do you think of Augustine’s vision?
Monday, Acts 3:11-16, Peter Speaks in Solomon’s Portico
Tuesday, Acts 3:17-26, Peter Speaks in Solomon’s Portico
Wednesday, Acts 4:1-12, Peter and John before the Council
Thursday, Acts 4:13-22, Peter and John before the Council
Friday, Acts 4:23-31, The Believers Pray for Boldness
Saturday, Acts 4:32-37, The Believers Share Their Possessions