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Weekly Moravian Message • June 15, 2014

Trinity Sunday
June 15, 2014

 

God in three persons

Each of the four Gospels expresses the change that Jesus brought into the lives of those who came in contact with him. Matthew’s Gospel is the most Jewish, comparing Jesus to Moses (as Moses led Israelites from slavery in Egypt, Jesus saves us from bondage to sin and self; as Moses brought the Ten Commandments, Jesus brings a new way of life, seen most clearly in the Sermon on the Mount [Matthew 5–7]) and quoting often from the Bible Jesus knew, which Christians call the Old Testament.

At the heart of Jewish faith is monotheism, belief in one God. So it seems a bit strange that the last words of Jesus in Matthew’s Gospel refer to “the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,” the Trinity that has been a source of confusion and questions both to many Christians and to non-Christians. As Jesus sends his followers to “make disciples of all nations,” he reminds them of the different ways God has met them: as a loving Creator of all things; in the flesh as Jesus of Nazareth, one who in life and death gives himself for others; as the Spirit who guides and nurtures those who seek to live as God’s people (and perhaps even those who do not).  Surely this rich understanding of God has something for everyone.

Moravian leader Count Zinzendorf spoke of the Holy Spirit as the church’s nurturing Mother. Moravians have generally, especially in our hymns, centered on God as we know God in Jesus. But Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are all part of our experience of God.

May we all find in the Triune God the richness of the one who loves us and wants to make us into the people who reflect that love, in love for our Creator and the creation and in love for one another.
Hermann Weinlick, retired pastor, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Moravian Daily Texts

04/24/2018

Tuesday, April 24 — Psalm 54
Leviticus 16:26–18:5; Mark 6:7–13

Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. Psalm 36:5

God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2:4–5

How sweet, God of Easter, are the promises which you bestow on us: your immeasurable love. Your grace which saves us. Your gift of new life in Christ. Accept our grateful shouts of thanks and praise! Amen.

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