Last Sunday was Trinity Sunday. We all agreed
that the Holy Trinity is a mystery. Even St. Augustine, who in the
fourth century wrote an 800 page scholarly volume on the subject,
admitted that he did not understand it. As he walked on the seashore one
day, he saw a small boy playing with a seashell. The boy scooped a hole
in the sand, filled his shell with water from the ocean and poured it
into the hole. The great theologian asked the boy. "What are you doing
my son?" The boy replied, "I am going to pour the sea into that hole."
It was then that the dawn hit Augustine. That's what I have been trying
to do. I am standing at the ocean of infinity, and attempting to grasp
it with my finite mind." The doctrine of the Trinity is a mystery!
The rest of the sermon centered on Nicodemus'
struggle to understand Jesus when he said "No one can see the Kingdom of
God without being born from above." It is easier to understand his
confusion when we are reminded that the same word that is translated
anothen in Greek) can also be
translated "anew". So that's how Nicodemus heard it and wondered how
someone could be born a second time. He didn't understand that Jesus was
using birth from the womb as a metaphor for being reborn into a new way
of experiencing and understanding life. In the old way of seeing life
1. Find truth and meaning in the world
2. Live in service of our own needs
3. In a sense think in terms of getting ahead...the survival of the fittest
4. have a legalistic view of spirituality
But to be born again, to see with Kingdom eyes, we:
1. Find our primary source of wisdom in the Holy
Spirit. We do not ignore the
knowledge and science of the world but we listen to it with spiritual
2. Rather than being outwardly directed we live
life from an inwardly directed
3. Our primary motivation becomes serving God rather than serving ourselves.
4. We are called to live a life of compassion.
We care for those who are
floundering, marginalized, are in
need, and who need God's love.
5. We are called to a life of generosity. We
hang on loosely to our belongings and share
what we have with those who have greater need of them.
6. The central core of this life is the care and
nurture of the spiritual life,
strengthening our connection with the Holy
Finally we reminded ourselves that when we find
ourselves with an interior longing to be born again it is the Spirit in
us longing for new life for us. Even if we have said yes to this life
before, this longing in us is God's invitation to ever deeper, ever more
profound wisdom, guidance, devotion, compassion, generosity, and
All we have to do is say yes!
With much love,