June 11, 2017 — First Sunday After Pentecost: Trinity Sunday
Rev. Alison Quin
A Reflection on the Trinity
[By Alison Quin, read in three parts by Margaret Tully (A), Andy Lutz (B) & Elaine Young (C)]
A: I am One and yet not One.
A, B and C: We are Three and yet not Three.
A, B and C: We are Divine Mystery.
A, B, C: We are love.
A: Before time, we were.
B: A circle of love.
C: We danced together, an infinite dance of giving and receiving, a dance of joy.
A: Our love spilled over—that’s what love does.
A, B, C: It cannot be contained.
A: Our love spilled over and life began.
A: I spoke and brought light out of darkness.
C: I am the wind that hovered over the water. I am the elements and the miracle that binds them together.
A: I gave birth to the planets–I listened as the stars sang together for the first time. I swaddled the earth with clouds to make a home for living creatures.
B: I am the blueprint—the pattern you seek to discern. I am the wisdom woven into everything.
C: I am the breath of life in all creatures—seaweed and grasses, amoeba and starfish, blue whales, monkeys, all the species that exist or have existed or will exist.
A, B, C: We rejoice in our creation.
A, B, C: We made one creature. . .who could look back at us and see us.
A: At least catch glimpses of us.
B: A creature—no, a community of creatures–born to live together in love.
A, B, C: We gave them our own freedom.
A: So they too could choose to love and join the dance.
B: In our own image.
A: But genuine freedom means the freedom to reject our dream.
C: The people we made didn’t always choose love.
A: Sometimes they chose selfish desires instead. That caused hurt and destruction.
B: Then they were afraid and hid from us. They thought of us as the accuser and judge, the one that would punish them.
C: We could not convince them of our eternal love and mercy.
B: So we chose a tiny oppressed nation to be our messenger—to shine with our light—to set the world free from fear.
C: You wonder why we chose Israel?
B: Because they were small and weak and oppressed. They had no illusions about their own strength. They had nothing to lose.
A: They cried out to us for liberation. We set them free and led them home.
C: Where they could join the dance again.
B: And they did.
C: But not always.
B: How painful it is when brothers and sisters refuse to live together in unity!
C: But we had another plan.
A: From before time.
C: Love always has another plan. Love never gives up.
B: I was born into the world to show them how much we love them.
A, B, C: Our mystery was made flesh.
A: At the still center of the dance, our endless love was embodied in a vulnerable newborn baby.
B: A lover is vulnerable without the beloved.
C: The baby grew into a man that healed and fed and taught his people.
A: He called them back to the dance.
C: He spoke the truth no matter what.
A: They were threatened and they killed him.
C: We watched him die. We died with him.
B: But love never fails.
A: We raised him from the dead. And now they must know…
A, B, C: That nothing can separate them from our love.
B: Not sin or fear.
C: Not suffering or death.
A: Nothing at all.
B: They were born to be part of the dance.
C: To share our joy.
A: The dance never ends.
A, B, C: Come, all of you, and share our joy. Come and dance with us. Come and drink from the living water, and never be thirsty again.