Bible Readings for Trinity

What's ahead in the Bible readings for this week?

 

What I wrote last year about Trinity Sunday is still true for me. Here it is:

This Sunday is Trinity Sunday. Last week we received the gift of the Holy Spirit, so in a sense the Godhead is complete: God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, or Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. I have never seen a satisfactory explanation of how we have one God in three persons. I am satisfied, though, that I don't need to understand. When I am called home, I won't be asked to explain the trinity. I will be asked whether I feed the poor, comforted the afflicted, answered when God called, and did other things to advance the commonwealth of God on earth. Those are the questions all of us will have to answer, questions about our actions and not about our beliefs.

The image this week is of the visitation by three angels of the Lord to Abraham and Sarah at the oaks of Mamre. This visit by God in three persons is often cited as a Hebrew Scripture that validates the Christian belief in a triune God. Remember that Abraham and Sarah prepared a meal for these unexpected and unknown guests, thus caring for those outside their family. I am not sure whether I would have the

What's ahead in the Bible readings for this week?

 

What I wrote last year about Trinity Sunday is still true for me. Here it is:

This Sunday is Trinity Sunday. Last week we received the gift of the Holy Spirit, so in a sense the Godhead is complete: God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, or Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. I have never seen a satisfactory explanation of how we have one God in three persons. I am satisfied, though, that I don't need to understand. When I am called home, I won't be asked to explain the trinity. I will be asked whether I feed the poor, comforted the afflicted, answered when God called, and did other things to advance the commonwealth of God on earth. Those are the questions all of us will have to answer, questions about our actions and not about our beliefs.

The image this week is of the visitation by three angels of the Lord to Abraham and Sarah at the oaks of Mamre. This visit by God in three persons is often cited as a Hebrew Scripture that validates the Christian belief in a triune God. Remember that Abraham and Sarah prepared a meal for these unexpected and unknown guests, thus caring for those outside their family. I am not sure whether I would have the courtesy to do the same. This is a reminder to work on being hospitable to everyone.

Thursday: Preparation for Trinity Sunday
Job 38:1-11 In a series of questions, God begins to tell Job of God's power.
2 Timothy 1:8-12a Paul urges Timothy not to be ashamed, but to join with him in suffering for the Gospel, relying on the power of God.

 

Friday: Preparation for Trinity Sunday
Job 38:12-21 God continues to describe God's power through a series of questions to Job.
2 Timothy 1:12b-14 Hold to the standard of sound teaching in Christ Jesus. Guard the good treasure entrusted to you with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us.

 

Saturday: Preparation for Trinity Sunday
Job 38:22-28 God continues, by questioning Job, to describe God's power of creation.
John 14:15-17 Jesus assures the apostles that God will send another Advocate, to be with them forever.

 

Trinity Sunday
Genesis 1:1-2:4a The first creation story.
2 Corinthians 13:11-13 Paul closed his letter with these words: "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you."
Matthew 28:16-20 Jesus told his followers, "Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit."

 

Monday: Reflection on Trinity Sunday
Job 38:39-39:12 God, questioning Job, continues to describe God's creation.
1 Corinthians 12:1-3 No one can say "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit.

 

Tuesday: Reflection on Trinity Sunday
Job 39:13-25 God continues to question Job with descriptions of God's power.
1 Corinthians 12:4-13 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. Just as the body is one though it has many members, we many, we are one body.

 

Wednesday: Reflection on Trinity Sunday
Job 39:26-40:5 God's questioning of Job ends, and Job responds that he will say no more.
John 14:25-26 God will send the Advocate in Jesus' name.

 

Please note that the links above do not become active until 7 a.m. US Eastern Time on the designated day, when the readings get posted on the new web site. If you need the Sunday reading earlier, please let me know and I will assist you.

May God our parent, Christ our brother, and the Holy Spirit, our Advocate, be with you.
Mike Gilbertson

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Bible verses from The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All right reserved.

Selections from Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, copyright 1995 by the Consultation on Common Texts.

Image credit: Angels at Mamre (Holy Trinity) by Andrei Rublev, via Wikimedia Commons. This is a public domain image.

What's Ahead Trinity Year A

y to do the same. This is a reminder to work on being hospitable to everyone.

Thursday: Preparation for Trinity Sunday
Job 38:1-11 In a series of questions, God begins to tell Job of God's power.
2 Timothy 1:8-12a Paul urges Timothy not to be ashamed, but to join with him in suffering for the Gospel, relying on the power of God.

Friday: Preparation for Trinity Sunday
Job 38:12-21 God continues to describe God's power through a series of questions to Job.
2 Timothy 1:12b-14 Hold to the standard of sound teaching in Christ Jesus. Guard the good treasure entrusted to you with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us.

Saturday: Preparation for Trinity Sunday
Job 38:22-28 God continues, by questioning Job, to describe God's power of creation.
John 14:15-17 Jesus assures the apostles that God will send another Advocate, to be with them forever.

Trinity Sunday
Genesis 1:1-2:4a The first creation story.
2 Corinthians 13:11-13 Paul closed his letter with these words: "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you."
Matthew 28:16-20 Jesus told his followers, "Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit."

Monday: Reflection on Trinity Sunday
Job 38:39-39:12 God, questioning Job, continues to describe God's creation.
1 Corinthians 12:1-3 No one can say "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit.

Tuesday: Reflection on Trinity Sunday
Job 39:13-25 God continues to question Job with descriptions of God's power.
1 Corinthians 12:4-13 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. Just as the body is one though it has many members, we many, we are one body.

Wednesday: Reflection on Trinity Sunday
Job 39:26-40:5 God's questioning of Job ends, and Job responds that he will say no more.
John 14:25-26 God will send the Advocate in Jesus' name.

Please note that the links above do not become active until 7 a.m. US Eastern Time on the designated day, when the readings get posted on the new web site. If you need the Sunday reading earlier, please let me know and I will assist you.

May God our parent, Christ our brother, and the Holy Spirit, our Advocate, be with you.
Mike Gilbertson

Do you have a friend who could us these readings?

If you know someone who could deepen his or her commitment to being a Christian through these readings, why not forward this newsletter to that person? Here is a link that leads to the sign up forms: Sign up links for daily and weekly emails

 

Bible verses from The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All right reserved.

Selections from Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, copyright 1995 by the Consultation on Common Texts.

Image credit: Angels at Mamre (Holy Trinity) by Andrei Rublev, via Wikimedia Commons. This is a public domain image.

What's Ahead Trinity Year A

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