Faith to Believe

“Once faith is boiled down to quick and succinct answers, it ceases to be faith.”

Karoline Lewis, Associate Professor of Preaching and the Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching

Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn., quote from Working Preacher June 10, 2019
 
  Proverbs 8, Psalm 8, Romans 5:1-5, John 16:12-15 – Holy Trinity Sunday
 
I grew up making the sign of the cross as I spoke “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.” It opens and closes all my prayers. And this Holy Trinity Sunday I continue to celebrate in awe of this Mystery.
 
It takes a lot of faith to believe. Living into this Mystery, the tension between what we know, what we believe, and what we can never understand, is a test our faith. Test only in the sense of a willingness to continue to grow in our relationship with the Mystery and with one another. Our faith comes in the transformation of our hearts through discipleship. Discipleship is the seeking for a right relationship with the Mystery and practicing what we believe in community, even when we do not fully understand.
 
Wisdom delights, the Prophets humble, Jesus teaches, and Paul encourages.
 
This Holy Trinity Sunday I invite you join me for a moment to celebrate what is good and right and hopeful. Marvel in the wonder and majesty of all of creation, from quarks out into the infinite universe. And when we come back down, back to the “reality” the world would have us see, remember we have been invited by the One who created all and is all; the One who was, is and forever will be – to see as He sees, love as She loves, and rest in knowing God’s in this. Amen.                                           – Deacon Kimberly