The Rev. Brandon Ashcraft preached at the celebration of Holy Eucharist on the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
Today, we celebrate one of the most important feasts of the church year - Trinity Sunday. If you did not know that until you got to church today (or until you tuned into the livestream), you’re certainly not alone. Trinity Sunday is not anticipated the same way as, say, Christmas or Easter. Unlike most major feasts that commemorate an event in Jesus’ life, today’s feast commemorates a doctrine. There are no memorable passages from the Bible to narrate the story of Trinity Sunday. Nothing like the tongues of fire from last week’s story of Pentecost. In fact, the word “Trinity” never once appears anywhere in the Bible. Our understanding that God exists eternally as one God in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit was not formalized until a gathering more than 300 years after the time of Jesus.
When I was five years old, I played in my very first soccer game. And in that game, I scored a goal for the other team, which tells you exactly what kind of athlete I was destined to be. But around the same time, it became clear that I was pretty good at the piano, and could more than hold my own as a boy soprano in the choir. But the culture of the deep south where I grew up didn’t exactly applaud me for being good at these things because, well, boys were supposed to hunt and play sports. At church, though, I heard a different message.
When the pandemic brought in-person gatherings to an abrupt halt last year, Easter was right around the corner. And so it wasn’t long before certain voices in the wider church began offering this bold suggestion: Easter should be postponed, they said, until it was safe to gather again.
The Rev. Brandon Ashcraft preached at the celebration of Holy Eucharist on the Second Sunday in Lent.
Good Lord, deliver us. “Unprecedented” was named “Word of the Year” by Dictionary.com last year after its appearance in news media and public discourse skyrocketed amid the pandemic. Linguistic purists, though, rightly question whether we’ve robbed this word of its meaning. In the full sweep of human history, how “unprecedented”…