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Seeds in Trinity

For the last few weeks, we have been pondering how our understanding of God as Trinity shapes our response to God and how we live in this world. It is easy to get lost in all the theological complexities and give up. Most of us do. Most of us also make assumptions about how the three persons relate to each other. Last week we explored the traditional image of a non-hierarchical relationship within God of mutuality, generosity, compassion, completeness, wholeness, shalom, and aroha. This is love. And we are invited into this relationship at the heart of God, to pay attention to this way of being and to allow that to shape us and how we relate to others. All of which sounds great, until we start applying that to some of the issues and people we feel strongly about. And then it gets much harder. This kind of relationship calls into question all my certainties and opens the possibility of seeing the world in different ways. This is what the reign of God looks like. Some might call that

Jesus the Home Invader

You can listen to this sermon here . Gate Pa – Year B   10 th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Te Pouhere Sunday Readings: Psalm                                        Psalm 138 First Reading:                         1 Samuel 8:4-11,16-20 Second Reading:                     2 Cor 4:13-5:1               Gospel:                                    Mark 3:20-35                            What I want to say: A quick look at the assumptions we make around Trinity – hierarchical or mutual and caring and how that impacts how we see God and the world. Today celebrate our constitution – Te Pouhere – a gift of God, built on theological understanding of the Trinitarian God non-hierarchical relationship of mutuality, generosity, compassion, completeness, and wholeness, love, shalom, and aroha. Remind people of big themes of Mark – looking again at Mark 1: 14-15 ( “Now is the time! Here comes God’s kingdom! Change your hearts and lives, and trust this good news!” ) – and apply that to