There have been moments when I did not think I would ever be able to complete the New Testament: Gospels and Epistles series, but it is now finished. Episode Forty-five completes the study with the final four of five Unique Events in the Gospel of St. John: Restoration of the Adulterous Woman; Foot Washing; Scriptural Warrant for the Sacrament of Confession/Penance; and Jesus’ post-Resurrection Breakfast by the sea with the eleven Disciples. Illustrations for the episode include work by Gustav Dore’ (from Dore’s English Bible); James Tissot; a 6th C. mosaic at Ravenna, Italy and another at the Hagia Sophia, Constantinople/Istanbul; a 16th C. Russian Orthodox icon in the Pskov tradition; and the ICHTHYS logo that was inspired, in part, by St. John’s account of the post-Resurrection breakfast.
This week marks Trinity Sunday and I observe the start of the season with an exposition on Trinity Season and how its has evolved in modern times with a new Podcast Homily posted on the Podcast Homiles page at the AIC Web Site: http://www.AnglicanInternetChurch.net.
Traditional Anglicans are nearly the last not to have converted to the Eastern Church format of numbered Sundays After Pentecost, in which Trinity Sunday becomes the First Sunday After Pentecost.
For Trinity Sunday, the 1928 Book of Common prayer;s “For the Epistle” reading is Revelation 4:1-11, the first of John’s nearly three dozen visions in Revelation. In this case it is John’s account of answering the call from a voice from heaven inviting him to “come up here” and see the world from a heavenly perspective. The verses are the subject of Episode Nine in the AIC Bible Study series, Revelation: An Idealist Interpretation. Next week I will resume production of the Revelation class, picking up where I left off last November. I an hopeful than a new Episode 10 will be available by the end of the first week of June.
The Gospel reading is John 3:1-15, an account of the night-time visit of Nicodemus to Jesus in which the concept of being born again through baptism by “water and the Spirit” is introduced. This scene is unique to the Gospel of St. John and is discussed as the first of five unique events in the Gospel of St. John in Episode 44 of the New Testament series. The stained glass window by Franz Mayer of Munich at St. Joseph’s Villa Chapel, Richmond, VA, depicts a seated Nicodemus, dressed in colorful robes and other garments, with a starry sky above.
Thanks so much to those of you who have followed the AIC Bible Study series on our You Tube channel, beginning early in A.D. 2014 just after my retirement from parish ministry. Without the emotional and financial support of our viewers and readers the series could not have been finished.