Reflections for

Trinity Sunday, Jun 11, 2017

Genesis 1:1-2:4a; Psalm 8; 2 Corinthians 13:11-13; Matthew 28:16-20

On Art

Creation of the Waters, by Robert Kelly

Born and raised in New Mexico, Robert Kelly is influenced by Native American and Latino-Mexican cultures which are rich in beliefs, symbols, and rituals. He writes of how forms and symbols become deeply personal through the process of painting—“not breaking away from their sources, but maintaining meanings.” Regarding Creation of the Waters, he recalls visiting a Cistercian monastery where “everything was pared down” save the “primitive renderings of leaves and motifs relating back to creation of the waters.”

Poetry

In the beginning

Everything in the world begins with a yes.
                                     
Clarice Lispecter

For Bishop Tom

In the beginning there is only Yes,
infinitesimal, infinite, invisible
seed sprouting in the swirling dark,
the slow integration, expanding,
extending, the sudden explosion
into light—baby, blossom, universe,
all beginnings are the same—and Yes
to a world begun before words where
nothing separates this from that, and
Yes to the senses alive before language,
bird song, leaf shadow, skin touching
skin, and Yes to Tom whose injured
brain erases speaking, reading, names,
but through hands cupped upon bent
heads, his unimpeded heart pours forth
with nothing to restrict the flow of Yes
in beginning and Yes in the end.

This is an updated version of the poem that appears in the print edition.

Books

Saving the Original Sinner, by Karl W. Giberson

Karl Giberson offers a cultural history of the Bible's first human. It's an intriguing and unsettling story.

 

Revised Common Lectionary © 1992 the Consultation on Common Texts. Used by permission.