Genesis 1.1-2.4a.
The first creation story in the Bible tells us how God has made everything by the power of his word and his spirit. On the sixth day he says: ‘Let us create human beings according to our likeness,’ and so we were created, male and female. God saw that it was all very good. After completing his work, he rested on the seventh day, which therefore became a holy day.

2 Corinthians 13.11-13.
St. Paul encourages his readers to live in love and harmony with each other, and concludes his letter by blessing the Corinthians in the name of the Triune God.

Matthew 28.16-20.
Just before his ascension Jesus gives his disciples a huge task. They have to go out into the world and tell the good news of the kingdom, and baptize the nations in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. A huge task, indeed, but he comforts them by saying that he has been given all authority in heaven and on earth, and that he will be with them always.


POINTS FOR PRAYER AND REFLECTION, BASED ON THE READINGS:

- For us, as simple human beings, God being a Trinity is way beyond our understanding. We can only catch glimpses of it, as here in Genesis 1. (The word ‘wind’ in verse 2 also means ‘breath’ or ‘spirit’.) In creation we can see the Triune God at work as Source of all being, eternal Word and holy Spirit. This gives us every reason to care for creation in all its variety. Try to think of something practical this week, in which you can show this care for what God has made.

- After becoming an Anglican, I quickly came to love ‘the Grace’, especially when we said it together after a Bible study or meeting, often even holding hands. It is such a moving expression of the love and harmony that Paul speaks about. May this grace abound among us, even though at the moment we cannot physically hold hands.

- The name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is to be made known in all the world, and not only that: it has to be laid upon all the nations by baptism. God is claiming all peoples as his own, because they all belong to him anyway (see Psalm 82.8). He is their Sustainer, Redeemer, and Life-giver.
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