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This Week’s Lectionary Readings

Happy Trinity Sunday! Our readings for the week of May 26, 2024 are from Year B, the First Sunday After Pentecost. 

Notes: John’s gospel tells about Nicodemus, a powerful member of the Sanhedrin (the ruling council of Israel), coming to see Jesus at night. Jesus tells him how he must be reborn to be saved. This passage includes the famous verse, John 3:16, that many of us had to memorize as children: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” Luther called this verse “the gospel in miniature.” The Isaiah passage tells of his seeing the Lord, sitting on his throne. Attending him were the seraphim with six wings each, shouting praises to the Lord. Isaiah felt he was doomed as a sinful man, because he had seen God. A seraphim took a burning coal from the altar and touched his lips, removing the guilt of his sins. God asked who he could send as a messenger to his people, and Isaiah volunteered: “Here I am, send me!”  The Psalm tells us to honor and worship the Lord in the splendor of his greatness. His power is shown us in many ways. He gives his people strength and blesses them with peace! Romans tells us we are not obliged to follow the urges of our sinful nature, but can put them to death by the Holy Spirit. If we follow our nature, we will die. If we follow the Spirit we will live. If we are led by the Spirit we are truly children of God. Remember that we have not received a spirit to make us fearful slaves, but rather God’s Spirit, who has adopted us as children, and whom we now call, like Jesus, “Abba, Father, Daddy!” His Spirit affirms to our spirits that we are God’s children, and heirs with Jesus to the glory of God. But if we share in the glory, we must also share in the suffering of Jesus. 

Application: We may come to Jesus quietly and privately like Nicodemus. We may take awhile to listen to him and to be forgiven and reborn through faith in him. We may have a special experience where God’s power and majesty overwhelm us. Even then, we, like Isaiah, can know we are purged, made clean, and commissioned to go out with God’s saving message. Following his Holy Spirit, we are made bold and strong by our Father God, sharing in the glory and sufferings of Jesus. How am I most closely following my triune God? Where am I falling behind?