Unity, not Uniformity

Sunday’s Scripture –June 7, 2020

Psalm 8, Philippians 1: 3-6, 21-30

Reflection

This week is Trinity Sunday! You won’t find the word “Trinity” in the Bible, but you will find the reality of the Trinity all over it, weaving seamlessly through Scripture from Genesis to Revelation.

“Trinity” is a combination of “tri” and “unity.” The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit share one essence, character, and vision while remaining distinct in themselves.

As bearers of God’s image, we too are to be united but not uniform, diverse but not divided. No, we shouldn’t look like replicas of each other, but we should resemble the essence, character and vision of God, even in our diversity.

We can learn some of what this looks like from Paul’s letter to the Philippians. Though they were separated geographically and circumstantially (Paul was in prison when he wrote this letter), there was still much to unite them: their thanksgiving, their joy, the grace of God, even their suffering. In short, the gospel. Paul and the Philippians shared “in the gospel from the first day until now.” (Phil 1:7)

In Philippians 1:27, Paul writes: “Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent and hear about you, I will know that you are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the gospel.”

The world is so divided. We need a Church that is standing firm in one spirit and working together with one mind. And that spirit and mind is not ours, but God’s.

The Trinity is our model and our invitation into a life of unity, not uniformity. The life that the Trinity shares and enjoys together is the life that we are offered as well. The Church’s unity is found only in that life. It’s the very life of God. As we each unite ourselves to God, we will be united one to another as a result.

God in Three Persons, blessed Trinity!

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