I’m sitting in my office trying to think about how to talk about the Holy Trinity. It’s hard—especially because everyone always says it’s hard. And anyway, it’s a beautiful day outside, and I’m tempted to pick up Lucy from the babysitter and escape to a hiking trail for a few hours.
And that would be okay, according to this week’s texts. It’s Trinity Sunday, and this year our Old Testament lesson is the first chapter of Genesis, in which God creates the world and calls it good. It is good to go out into the world and bask in its goodness. God made the trees, the insects, the flowers, all the fauna, the meadows, and the mountain. Each speaks its own word of praise.
We are often tempted to make a purer temple out of nature. Why should I go to church when I can take a walk through a forest? Isn’t that enough worship and praise? But we miss the Incarnation of the Eternal Word, then. It is true that each living and created thing has its own word of praise, but it is also true that each thing has its own word of lament. As Paul said, all of creation groans as if in labor pain. The Incarnation is God’s Word of healing and of praise, and most of all, of love for what God has created.
How do we worship the Triune God? By loving back. By loving and healing and trusting that God, who loves this world, also cares for it. We praise by following the way of Christ, which is more than walking through the woods, but entering fully into life, both the earthly life and the mystery of God’s life.
Here are some fun theses to think about this Sunday: