You can see all the lectionary readings for Trinity Sunday, Year C by clicking here. I have chosen to discuss the passage from the Gospel of John.
This is one of those brief passages that is better to quote than to paraphrase:
“I have so much more to tell you, but it is too much for you to accept now. But when the Spirit of truth comes, he will lead you into all truth. He will not speak his own words. He will speak only what he hears and will tell you what will happen in the future. The Spirit of truth will bring glory to me by telling you what he receives from me. All that the Father has is mine. That is why I said that the Spirit will tell you what he receives from me.John 16:12-15 (Easy-to-Read Version)
On this, Trinity Sunday, we have a statement from the Son about the Father and the Holy Spirit. They each have their roles and they interact in love. They also share that love with us. May we all live in such beautiful community.
You can see all the lectionary readings for Proper 15, Year B by clicking here. I have chosen to discuss the passage from the Gospel of John.
Today’s passage just carries on from the previous week–Jesus expounds on being the “living bread that came down from heaven” and talk more about the bread being his body and drinking his blood. One can only imagine who weird this must have sounded at the time. It sounds a bit weird now if you step outside of a knowledge of church. The people basically wondered if he wanted them to be cannibals.
This is a very challenging passage, and I’m not sure how to explain it fully–I know it is of a piece with recent passages that all deal with the Eucharist experience. It is a mystery and a communing with God and with one another. It is difficult to explain the love and faith and beauty of such an experience. There is nothing simplistic and tidy about it. Our Christian life is visceral and physical even as it is spiritual. God is with us. In him we live and move and have our being.
You can see all the lectionary readings for the Proper 18, Year A by clicking here. I have chosen to discuss the passage from the Gospel of Matthew.
This is some very practical teaching about community from Jesus. The Kingdom of God is all about being in relationship with God and with others.
Here’s a great breakdown from a lesson found on the Episcopal Digital Network:
Remember the steps to Conflict Resolution:
- Step One: Go directly to that person.
- Remember the Greatest Commandment – Love the Lord your God and Love your Neighbor as yourself.
- The Golden Rule – treat others how you would want to be treated.
- Be Respectful and responsible.
- Step Two: Bring along another person or two.
- Step Three: Bring the situation to the church (or this may mean to your school, work, or community depending on the situation.)
- Step Four: Walk away from the situation and take a breather. Continue tocommunicate with the person and when they are ready to come into the community, welcome them.
We can use this kind of advice in a lot of situations, not only within church. I have been in situations where someone had a problem with me or what I was doing, but instead of coming to me with their concern, they seemed to tell other people and it got back to me. I admittedly can think of situations where I complained about another person’s actions without confronting them about it. It’s good to remember that the best choice is to talk directly to the person first (unless they are physically abusive and you need protection from them–in which case you should seek help and not confront someone alone).
The Kingdom of God is the community of God–people working together to love their neighbors as themselves.