by Mike Stavlund
Gospel Reading: John 16:12-15
For Sunday, May 26, 2013: Year C—Holy Trinity
In this week’s Gospel reading, Jesus seems to be a bit greedy. Or at the very least, territorial.
The doctrine of the Trinity is all about sharing and partnership and ultimate inseparability —and even perichoresis, that lovely metaphorical dance between Father, Son, and Spirit —but this sounds like an internecine debate about who gets to lead, where Jesus claims preeminence and prior ownership over the Father, and makes the Spirit into a puppet. Not to mention the sequentialism that leaves us thinking that the Spirit has been waiting in the dressing room since the beginning of time. [Read more...]