There is a story about a group of shipwrecked people adrift in a long, narrow lifeboat. The boat is so long that people in the front think of themselves as the ‘front’ people and those in the back think of themselves as the ‘back’ people.
One day the front of the boat developed an uncontrollable leak. A man in the back of the boat says to the woman next to him, ‘thank God that the leak is in the front. If it were in the back, we’d be doomed!’
That story holds an important lesson for us who celebrate the life of the Holy Trinity this morning – a community of lovers who depend on each other infinitely and completely for life, joy, and peace. As Christians, we are all in the same boat, the same family who has been touched by the divine life of God through the Word made Flesh. A serious threat to one part of our family is a serious threat to every part.
We have to be more conscious of our family members and the true meaning of its universality in the context, not only of joy, peace and happiness, but also of suffering and persecution and sadness. “God so loved the world that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.”
This Holy Trinity Sunday let us expand our definition of everyone. Saint Paul says it so beautifully: “Mend your ways, encourage one another, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.”