“One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all.” (Ephesians 4:5-6)
Take a Moment to Ponder
The above quote from Ephesians is the opening sentence used on Trinity Sunday. Trinity Sunday, when we acknowledge the unity, I believe that we are being called to emulate this unity. I believe this is a call from God for all of us to be united. There has been so much disunity in almost every area of life, and we need to work to change that. We have been contemplating Living the Jesus Shaped Life, and we must do what Jesus did. Jesus promoted unity and we should do the same. I am sure we realize that the unity of the Trinity existed from creation. From the beginning of time, God was focused on promoting unity and that promotion continues until today. The Trinity was part of the creation process.
That unity was also evident for persons to see in the New Testament, at Jesus’ Baptism. When Jesus was baptised, the Spirit descended on him, and the voice of his Father affirmed the Son. This is what we should have. This is what we should seek to promote, the same kind of unity. When there is disunity, we cannot accomplish as much as we should. When there is disunity, we are limited in what we can achieve. We have an example of unity of which we are reminded quite often, but we seem not to pay any attention to it. This is the ultimate show of unity, and we should follow its example.
As the Church we are called to be Jesus to the world. We are called to follow the examples that Jesus set, as we leave examples for others to follow. We are called to promote the kind of unity that is evident in the Trinity. As the Church we must take over the role of promoting unity. As the Church we must let others know the importance of unity. As the Church that has received the Holy Spirit, we must let others know that we have been called to work together to build up the Body of Christ. The Church must lead by example, even if no one follows. It must never be said the Church did not play its part. Let us work for unity, as this is the example we have from the Trinity.
Let us reflect on the areas of disunity and work to restore unity. Let us be deliberate in mending that broken relationship and rebuild the disconnected bridge. Let us focus on what we can accomplish through being united.
A Moment in Prayer
Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father, who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God , for ever and ever. Amen. (BCP pg. 172)
Very Rev. Fr. Richard A. Tucker