#Mosaic is the Podcast for May 22, 2016, Trinity Sunday. Trinity Sunday is usually the time when we talk theologically, and in a mind numbing fashion. Instead, Mark Kurowski tells us that it is the trinitarian nature of God that makes God both awe inspiring and intimate at the same time. Listen here in this reflection: Download it into your phone. #MSAWordfortheDay # MySpiritualAdvisor #Sermon #Homily#Mosaic #Trinity #TrinitySunday #John16 #Transcendent #Intimate
Mosaic: A Podcast on John 16:12-15
Mosaic: John 16:12-15
For listener supported My Spiritual Advisor, this is Mark Kurowski with a reflection for Sunday, 5/22/2016 Trinity Sunday.
Please pause this audio and read John 16:12-15.
The mosaic is a common theme of decorating in churches. A mosaic is a set of lines, designs, and/or pictures that are singularly beautiful on their own. When you look at the items in the pattern, they have their own identity, own colors, own shapes, and can be enjoyed for their own beauty. What is breath taking about a mosaic, particularly in a tall cathedral like building, is the busyness of all the patterns or pictures. They come together in a whole that gives the overwhelming concept of awe.
Every year on Trinity Sunday, I talk about the name of God. God’s name is “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” Every year, I talk about how our Lord, the God of the universe, outside and within the universe, is beyond the physical rules of the universe and its usual constraints. It is conceivable that God is of one substance or essence while at the same time being three distinct persons when we realize that God is not captive to the laws of physics. Every year I point out that when we say, “Trinity” we mean, “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit”.
All of these things are important, but when we speak of the Holy Trinity, what we need to know is it is a single relationship, a relationship with the living God. The Father is the origin of all things, the Son is through whom all things have been created, and the Holy Spirit is the one who sustains all things, whispering to all creation counseling us on the way we should live and where we should direct our lives. Each person of the Trinity could be understood as a design or picture in the complete mosaic of a person called God, named “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.”
Look at our passage from the Gospel of John today. The Father, who created the heavens and the earth, sent the Son. We think of the Father as God far away, transcendent, being outside the universe. This God, the one who is mighty, awe inspiring, beyond our reach, beyond everything, this God decided to make us. He said, “Let US make humanity in our image…” This God, who needed nothing to be complete, decided to create life just because it would be nice to love someone; nice to love us. The Father is the exemplar of fathers: he creates to enjoy. If we drew our example of fatherhood from the Father in heaven, then creating children is a joy, a fanciful act of wondrous love, that is driven by the desire to actively love the created order, and the created children.
This is why the Father sent the Son, fully God, through whom all creation was made, the “logos”, who is the wisdom and rationale of the cosmos, to live with us. The Son is sent to be in the woman’s womb so that he would be fully human, experience all of what it means to be human, know our pains, joys, humiliations, and victories. It is Jesus, the God-man, who unites the entire universe in a timeless fashion as he sits, fully human, at the right hand of God in paradise; awaiting the day when he will come again and draw us, those who love him, to himself. This same God, Jesus, entrusts his apostles and disciples with the message of his re-creating the heavens and earth. He sends us out, entrusting us, like adults, to love one another, heal each other, give to each other, and enjoy one another. Not just those who say ‘yes,’ but, incredibly, even those who say ‘no.’
How can anyone carry such a burden? I can’t even make a cup of coffee the same way twice. I stick my foot in my mouth, talk over others in my excitement, and become unkind in my words toward those whom I love when I am hurt. How can I carry this message of love when I fail at it so often? I bet you feel the same way, too. The answer is that we are not alone.
The passage in John’s Gospel is taken from a larger part called “The Farewell Discourse”. At the point of his speaking, Jesus is preparing us for when he ascends to unite heaven and earth in himself. Here he explains some things for us.
How can we speak any truth? We will speak the Truth because the Holy Spirit will give us the Truth. How can we speak with any authority? We will speak with authority given to us by the Holy Spirit as a delicate gift from the Father. The Holy Spirit will urge you to glorify the Son, Jesus. The Holy Spirit will speak to our spirits and urge us to glorify the Son, Jesus. When the scriptures tell us that when two or more of us gather in “the name of Jesus” that we will be heard, it is a testimony to this grand economy of salvation where the Father redeems us through the Son, speaks to us through the Holy Spirit, and unites us in glorifying the Son, through whom we have been created.
That urging to do the right thing is the Holy Spirit. That desire to heal the wounded is the Holy Spirit. That urge to get up, get out, and get going to do something for the poor is the Holy Spirit. That convicting voice that tells you that you were wrong and need to offer a healing word of apology is the Holy Spirit. That conviction you must sell all you have and give it to the poor is the Holy Spirit. That voice that tells you to stay where you are but begin to do business with honesty is the Holy Spirit. That sense that all will be well is the Holy Spirit. It IS the Holy Spirit, but it is a message sent through the Son by the Father, all God, all one, and distinctly three. He is a mosaic of One who speaks to us from beyond the universe and cares about the most intimate details of our lives.
If we cannot understand the essence of the Trinity, we can know that the way he works makes the utterly profound accessible to the weakest and feeblest of us. Step back and look at the One Lord, be in awe. Get close and feel the warmth of the intimacy of the Son, or the Father, or the Holy Spirit. Either way, worship the Lord and enjoy him forever. The unfathomable one has made himself intimately known…to you. Amen.
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Mark Kurowski, M.Div.
Spiritual Director, Author, Blogger, Podcaster, Theologian