Readings for Sunday of The Holy Trinity
John 8:48-59; Acts 2:14a,22-36; Proverbs 8:1-4,22-31
When we idealize the past, we become blind to the present and cynical toward our future.
You can see this problem with the Pharisees in the Gospel reading. When Jesus declares himself greater than Father Abraham, they go ballistic. They want to kill him. Now why would they prefer a dead saint to a living Savior? For the same reasons we might. Because the dead can be remembered however we wish. And they’re not around to hold us accountable! We may alter their story, sanitize it or even hijack it to suit our own needs, as the Pharisees did with Abraham. A living Savior, on the other hand, is not so easily tamed. He calls us to faith and obedience (John 8).
In a similar vein, Peter preaches the superiority of Christ over the great King David of the Old Testament – surely as scandalous an idea as the Pharisees heard about Abraham. The proof of this superiority is Christ’s resurrection from the dead and exaltation at God’s right hand (Acts 2).
The Old Testament reading portrays wisdom as a lady standing at the busy intersections of life and inviting us in – to learn and to live (Prov 8).