Trinity Sunday. The day of bad analogies. My immediate thought of this day is the famous clover of Saint Patrick. It is the one that starts the bad analogies, and the one that led me to a second Celtic symbol, the Trinity Knot or the Triquetra so often seen as a cultural-spiritual tattoo, though not necessarily a religious one. Oh how I hate that phrase ! That symbol occupies a unique place; it is called the trinity knot after the Christian Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It also has a life as an ancient pagan symbol. That pagan trinity is varied, though mostly nature based representing life, death, and rebirth, or earth, wind, and fire. The tattooed of today I suspect are kindred to pagan spirituality, a religion of no particular denomination. Paganism, and Celtic Paganism are on the rise, I believe those neo-Celtics of the emerald isle could benefit from Saint Patrick and his clover again.
Then Jesus approached and said to them,
“All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.
And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”
I should get back on topic and focus on the feast of today, Trinity Sunday. That knot got me thinking. Earth, wind, and fire never leave our earthly experience. They are indelibly linked to the human experience on earth. How different that is from Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I must think back to an ancient time, the time when paganism originally ruled the world. To the ancients, God and the gods never entered earth. Their lives were distinct from ours on the other side of the firmament that separated heaven and earth . Their god was distant and foreboding and unknown, even the God of the covenant did not enter into creation. That same God became visible through his Son, Jesus Christ. The second person of the Christian Trinity, and that is a spirituality people have spent centuries pondering, and have declared to be true. The Son of God, begotten of the Father, the essence of the Father, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father.That second person, Jesus Christ, never deemed equality with God, something to be grasped at. I can learn of that second person through His gospel and His Church founded on His apostles. They teach of that Messiah crucified, died, buried, risen from the dead; all witnessed by his disciples. That is their testament. They testify Jesus ascended to heaven to sit at the right hand of God. The right, not the wrong. The good , not the bad. That Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to be our advocate and guide. The God of the Trinity is with us till eternity. How different is that firm the neo-pagans earth, wind and fire? One is the loving embrace of salvation, and the other a breeze in front of a campfire. Back to that trinity knot of the Celtics. I for one much prefer the clover of Saint Patrick. It points to one true trinity, without ambiguity. It describes a God of truth, not a neo-pagan holistic earth centered fabrication. The world needs Saint Patrick and his clover to heal the spreading rash of new age neo-paganism. Two trinities, one sweet as clover and the other as dangerous as poison ivy..