Trinity Season (Page 2)

Trinity 8 – Wisdom is better than gold

O GOD, whose never-failing providence orders all things both in heaven and earth: We humbly beseech you to put away from us all hurtful things, and to give us those things which be profitable for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. [Collect for Trinity 8] Our readings in Trinity season bring us through a reflection on the ways our souls can be distorted by temptation.  We consider these key distortions of our love, not…

Trinity 4 – Forgiveness

When I say the daily offices at home I use Common Worship and not The Book of Common Prayer which is what is used here. So one of the many good things about being here is that I enjoy some small changes in routine, like using the old prayer book. Each morning and evening I recite the invitation to confession and allow its language to resonate with me and be encouraged afresh to : ‘confess…

Trinity 1 – Knowing, Willing & Becoming Love

If we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. Last Sunday we began the second half of the Church year – Trinity season.  The colour is green signifying… growth in the Spirit.  It began last Sunday with the revelation of God as thrice Holy – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God.  Somehow, this mysterious revelation says something about our souls, made in the image…

Trinity Sunday – A true confession of faith

“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” We celebrate today that God has been revealed to us through the Incarnation of Jesus as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, One God. This morning let us look at the Triune God, His Holiness, and how we approach Him. First, the Triune God. There is a longing in the human mind to make God understandable, knowable,…

Trinity 18 – Faith under Fire, Responding with Love

Opening prayer: Lord, may our mere human words be faithful to your written Word, and point us to the Living Word, Your Son our Saviour, Jesus Christ. [attr to +John Pritchard] I guess I am stating the obvious when I say, ‘We live in interesting times.’  In the late 1930s, a British ambassador to China was told by a friend that there was a Chinese saying: “May you live in interesting times.”  It was not…

Trinity 16 – The Resurrection Life

That you might be filled with all the fullness of God! [Eph 3:19] In Trinity season we are moving in our readings to consider ever higher and higher possibilities in the movement of our soul, in its ascent, towards the living God. And it is important, wherever we are on our spiritual journey, to consider what is possible, so that we don’t stagnate in the place we are, becoming complacent, no longer hoping for growth in…

Trinity 11 – Sympathy for the Tax Collector

His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain. 1 Cor 15:11 Last week we entered a new stage in our readings and reflection on the life of growing in holiness in Trinity season.  We have changed from focusing on the purifying of our passions to the illumination of our souls with grace. Last week the Gospel was about Jesus coming into the Temple to purify it and to teach daily in it. …

Trinity 2 – FoMO

“A man once gave a great banquet and invited many… But they all alike began to make excuses.” This past Tuesday I was at supper with the students before their Uncover John evening and I learned of a new term that they all seemed to know about – FoMO.  Do you what this means?  It is an acronym for “Fear of missing out”. “Fear of missing out or FoMO is “a pervasive apprehension that others might be having…

Trinity Sunday – One Incomprehensible

“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” We celebrate today that God has been revealed to us through the Incarnation of Jesus as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, One God. Even to say the words is not to clarify, “O yes, now I understand who God is,” but rather it is to confound and confuse us immediately.  As if to deliberately destabilize our…

Sunday Next before Advent – Why is Jesus called Christ?

Jesus lifted up his eyes, and saw a large crowd coming towards him. Today we have come to the end of the Church year. Our readings this morning are a kind of summing up of the year and a looking forward to the year to come. As we go through each Church year, we are meant to come to a certain conclusion about who Jesus is.  In most modern lectionaries the Church celebrates this Sunday…