The Greatest Gift

In the Gospels, the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus as he arose from the water as John the Baptist baptized him.[1]  The Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus like a dove according to all four gospels.  The fact that this occurred during his baptism by John the Baptist in water emphasizes the point of the importance of baptism by water because it is through the water we receive the fire of the Holy Spirit. The acceptance of Jesus Christ as our Lord and savior allows us to accept the Holy Spirit into our soul.  The act of baptism unites us with Christ. Depending on your denomination, there might be a right of confirmation, which is when you publically announce your acceptance of Jesus Christ and this is when the gifts of the Holy Spirit are inflamed.  While the disciples believed, Jesus to be the Messiah it was not until after the resurrection of Jesus that Pentecost occurred.

Pentecost is a church season and is set aside for the celebration of the transference of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples when Jesus breathed on them.  To receive the Holy Spirit, one must be baptized for the remission of their sins and they shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.[2] As a Christian, we desire this gift because the gift provides us with the possibility of nine separate gifts to assist us in being used in the divine plan of the Lord. These gifts are the word of knowledge, the word of wisdom, the gift of prophecy, the gift of faith, the gift of healings, the working of miracles, the discerning of spirits, the ability to speak in tongues and the interpretation of those tongues.[3] While no one person has all nine gifts, the gifts are given to us, as the Lord needs them for us to ensure his plan is fulfilled.

These gifts are used to reaffirm Christian believers and to bring new believers to Christ.  As a Christian, we are a willing open vessel from which the Lord to work through to ensure God’s will is done. As Christians, we must be dead in order to live in Christ.[4] Therefore, this means we give up our flesh and earthly desires to become empty vessels that the Lord can use to fulfill his divine plans. The Holy Spirit is not only seen in the New Testament but also in the Old Testament.  When God spoke, it happened.[5] The manner in which things were completed was through the Holy Spirit.  In the Trinity when we discuss the Holy Spirit, it is an important part of the trinity because it is the action-oriented part of Trinity.  Where God and Jesus exist so does, the Holy Spirit performing the actions ensuring the divine will of the three in unison is accomplished.

McGrath describes the Holy Spirit as the wind, breath, and charism.[6]  He uses the wind to describe the Holy Spirit for its strength, uncontrollable nature, and ability to move. The breath is in reference to Adam when he breathed life into him.[7] Therefore, the Spirit lives in us from the time of our creation. However, it is not until Baptism and Confirmation do we receive the full power of the Holy Spirit.  In the beginning, the breath leads us in the direction towards cross and God but we must be quite and listen for its prompting. The charism is the ability to perform tasks that would be impossible which we see as part of the nine gifts that can be given to a believer if they are willing to receive them. McGrath discusses Hippo’s logic about the Holy Spirit in regards to the consensus on the Trinity.[8] The focus of the discussion of the logic is based on the need and importance of love within the Christian life.  Hippo laid out that the greatest gift can give someone is love and the Holy Spirit.  Because of these two great gifts from God, then it could be concluded that the Holy Spirit is love.[9]  The weakness of this argument by Hippo according to McGrath is that the Holy Spirit is like that of a substance that unifies the Father and Son with believers together.[10]  The weakness in placing a description and understanding of what the Holy Spirit is that we describe it with what we know.

Therefore, any description made by man will be inadequate to express the being of the Holy Spirit.  It becomes more complex when unifying what it is with the Trinity. Any attempt to describe how the trinity works together being one of the same beings leads towards modalism, which is the belief that God is one person who has three separate modes in which he engages with individuals.[11] While this mode of thinking helps explain God in a logical manner that can be grasped and understood, it fails to identify God the Father, Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit as separate unique beings that are three but one. Understanding the greatness and unexplainable nature of the Trinity is key to understanding that our personal relationships with the three Godheads are important as Christians.  The Holy Spirit is the fire that lit up Jeremiah when he would not mention God’s name or speak any more in his name.[12]  God’s word was in his heart and a burning fire shot up his bones and he was weary but he could not hold back God’s words.[13]  We know all are blessed with that fire in our hearts to speak and “just be” for God. The sacraments of baptism and confirmation ensure that the fire is ignited. We receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit to fulfill God’s will here on earth.  We are made in the image and likeness of God.[14] That image had life breathed into us.[15] This life that has been breathed into us is ignited by the fire of the Holy Spirit.  Like a parent, God gave us life by breathing the Holy Spirit into us to lead us to worship him.

A Christian can see the Holy Spirit today as the ultimate gift from God being shared with us.  This love is like no other love we have ever known in our life.   We are able to display aspects of this love through the gifts given to us by the Holy Spirit. As a Christian, we are all broken.[16] While broken we are made whole by being united in communion with God and therefore are asked to be a living sacrifice which is transformed so we may be a good, acceptable and perfect for the will of God.[17]  Our brokenness has made us whole and with the flame of the Holy Spirit, we are able to be fishers of men and bring others who are broken, into the body of the Christ, which is one of the greatest gifts one can give to another.[18]

[1] Luke 3:22, Matt. 3:16, John 1:32, Mark 1:10 KJV

[2] Acts 2:38 KJV

[3] 1 Corin. 12:7-11 KJV

[4] Ephe. 4:22-24, Luke 9:23-24 KJV

[5] Gene. 1:3 KJV

[6] McGrath, Alister E., Christian Theology: An Introduction (Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), 228.

[7] Gene. 2:7 KJV

[8] McGrath, Alister E., Christian Theology: An Introduction (Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), 251.

[9] Ibid.

[10] Ibid.

[11] Ibid. 244-245

[12] Jere. 20:9 KJV

[13] Ibid.

[14] Gene. 1:27 KJV

[15] Gene. 2:7 KJV

[16] Psal. 51 KJV

[17] Roma. 12 KJV

[18] Matt. 4:19 KJV

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Veils and Demons

In the recent weeks I have begun to have a greater reverence for the power of prayer.  With this reverence I have begun to take to the old tradition that most Christians in other countries follow by wearing veils during services and prayer.  But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered. (1 Corinthians 11:5-6 KJV).

I have seen people healed through the power of prayer.  I have also seen demons cast out by the power of prayer.  Demons are real.  They exist.  As children we are told about demons and the devil but with the advancement of the church into the modern era, the Church has deemphasized the aspect of demons, satan, and hell.  The church has been teaching that God is a forgiving God and will forgive you of all your sins no matter how many.  While this provides us comfort at the time of our death it deemphasizes that true forgiveness.  Luke states in Acts 26:18 KJV To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.  While God forgives we must keep moving toward his glory and salvation.  To receive forgiveness and to continue in sin is choosing sin.  It is not choosing the power of God and therefore true forgiveness is not received.

Demons live off our sin.  They build strongholds in our souls and prevent the power of the Holy Ghost from really working to his full potential. Deliverance ministry is important.  I have seen demons cast out of people and admittedly it is frightening.   No one wants to admit they have strongholds that demons reside in.  Going through deliverance ministry I find the hardest part for me to be willing to sit down and have the demons cast out is the fact that they show themselves.  I do not want to know that their there. I am a good person.  I care for others.  This is not me.  The fear is what happens if it takes more than one session.  Why would I want to experience this all over again?  At some point I will muster enough courage to sit and have my soul examined and cleared but it does not mean that there is fear about it.  A great deal of deliverance ministry is trust.  A trust that the Lord will help you, that others in the room that pray with you will not judge you  and that your priest will be able to assist you in your deliverance.

For deliverance to be successful change must occur.  For mine it is removing myself and my belongings from multiple organizations I have spent almost half of my life participating in. I have lost friends that I have had for over 15 years.  I had had rumors spread about me to villainize me for leaving.  Although this occurs I have found peace in being at church and on holy ground much more so than in lodge rooms that try to emulate that peaceful reverent feeling.  Debate runs heavy in the Christian churches whether these organizations belong to the occult because of the good works the organization does for children and the community.  My church has found these organizations to be part of the occult and for good reason.   In James 5: 12 KJV  But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation. By taking an oath we have bound ourselves to following charges and commitments that might someday be contradictory to the Law of the Lord.  Why would we put ourselves in that situation?  The organizations require members to take oaths on Holy Books that require men to submit to having their throats cut in secrets are revealed.  Everything in the house of the Lord is open and no secrets are hid.  Therefore these organizations although claiming to be fraternities are contrary to the Christian Church’s teaching.

Therefore I pray and keeping with God’s word I veil myself while praying and while being in the church. Demons are real and the spiritual warfare that occurs in this world that we do not see I believe is real.  Thus to ensure my prayers are pleasing to the Lord and my worship is pleasing I choose to veil to ensure a holiness and peacefulness is maintained in my personal worship with the Lord.

Let My Mouth Be Filled With Thy Praise

Psalm 71

2 Deliver me in thy righteousness, and cause me to escape: incline thine ear unto me, and save me.

Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress.

Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.

For thou art my hope, O Lord God: thou art my trust from my youth.

By thee have I been holden up from the womb: thou art he that took me out of my mother’s bowels: my praise shall be continually of thee.

I am as a wonder unto many; but thou art my strong refuge.

Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honour all the day.

9% of Christians have a biblical world view as of 2009 (Barna Group, 2009). 9% 2,184,060,000 Christians in the world is 197,000,000 .  That is roughly equivalent of the Christian populations of the Brazil and half of Ethiopia. In the United States in 2010 we had 246,780,000 comprising of 11% of the world’s Christian population.    What is the biblical world view?

The biblical world view is the foundation of a world view that starts and ends with God. That as Christians we believe that in the timeline we are somewhere between the beginning and the ending of the world.  The difficulty with believing this is that there has to be some faith that Gods word is a record of what happened.  Scientific theory can often conflict Biblical world views but are often found to be not credible the deeper scientist study our origins.   Thomas Bacon who developed the scientific method had a biblical world view.  The simplicity of the scientific method was created by Bacon to simplify discovery in a rapidly changing world.  If one accepts the biblical world view then the scientific method brings about order and a deeper understanding of the mystery and wonder of God.

The Lord is the reason why we are here. Acknowledgement that He is our Creator that He will always deliver us from those that consider us monsters of this world.  Trust, hope and praise must be shared to bring Christ’s lost back into union with us.  Not compromising but igniting the fire and passion through the power of the Holy Spirit to stand apart in the Christian faith. The 9% must stand up and like the Jews that brought down the walls of Jericho must in a loud voice call among their brothers and sisters in Christ to stand for the Word of God.  The truth sets us free.  Seek and ye shall find the truth one so desires and a peace like no other in the House of the Lord.  We are called in Psalm 71 to praise the Lord and glorify him daily in all our words and actions.  I encourage you to speak in the name of the Lord his truth and magnificence.

The development of oneself as a Christian and speaking to the delight of the Lord is a personal ritual that must be developed and explored due to the individual nature of the ritual it becomes one’s own personal praise and worship session with the Lord. We will falter but we will get up and continue on because with the support of our brothers and sisters we share each other’s burdens and triumphs.  Because they are for the glory of God. Praise be His name Our Creator and Redeemer.  May you grow in your trust and faith in the Lord and sing out your praise to Him today.

A Prayer of St. Chrysostom

Almighty God, who hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications unto thee; and dost promise that when two or three are gathered together in thy Name thou wilt grant their requests; Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants, as may be most expedient for them; granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.

Resources

Group, B. (2009, March 6). Barna Survey Examines Changes in Worldview Among Christians over the Past 13 Years. Retrieved August 17, 2015, from https://www.barna.org/barna-update/21-transformation/252-barna-survey-examines -changes-in-worldview-among-christians-over-the-past-13-years#.VdHt2vlVjp4

Religious Strife

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27

It is hard to write this week. I kept away from blogging because actualization is hard to accept sometimes. I spent the past weekend trying to see if God talks to everyone or just to a select few. It says God and the Holy Spirit speak to those that are quite and accept Him in. In the Old Testament individuals knew when God spoke to them. Through a fiery bush and through angels. There was no doubt because God was able to be acknowledged through one of man’s five senses. I speak with people at my Church who hear God through thoughts and songs. I left the Church in high school because I heard nothing. I sat and wanted to hear but there is nothing. I spent years studying various religious texts and ritual to hear nothing. I came back to the Church hoping maybe this time God or the Holy Spirit would talk to me. That they would make their presence known. I came back to church in February. I gone head first and try to stay actively engaged yet like before in my high school years I can answer the questions and do the motions but in the end there still no one there providing me with some insight on where I should go, what I should do, or why I should be even be here. Before I left the church I spent four hours sitting in an empty building in the dark trying to get some knowledge that others around me seem to have. I am now back and again it is hard. I go through the motions I do the ritual and try to understand the readings and how they apply to me but nothing in my head or heart speaks to me.

I guess that is why I always have somehow thought I been God’s little comedy play. But my church has taught me that is Satan just getting his words in edge wise. I talked with my husband about it over dinner on Saturday and he said it was different for everyone but he knows God talks to him. I have derived its either I do not get it or academics have killed the manner in which I analyze and process information that is meant to save me.

If my religious strife was not enough I have come to find out that I am not really excited that freemasons have decided to accept homosexual couples into lodges. This makes those organizations that depend on freemasons for their existence to have to accept homosexual couples. This leads to the questions about how the organizations will adapt their rules such as in the Order of Eastern Star only women can be star points and men can only be worthy patrons. So do we go based on born orientation or role in their relationship? If we do that then were does the Bruce Geners of the world go? So I am in the process of demitting from my organizations except the Order of Eastern Star but will be taking a leave of absence from meetings until the Grand Lodge of Texas decides to do what God has instructed.

So I employ my readers to contact me. How does God talk to you? How do you know him? God has never spoken to me. The pattern and ritual of the church has always enthralled me but having the experiences of Job, Mosses, and others I have not yet had. I have to trust that maybe someday I will be given the ability to hear Him.

Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. Acts 2:33

Wedding Ritual In Latin – Importance of Language In Our Rituals

End of the 30 day morning and evening prayer challenge.  It has been over a month since I started this challenge.  I wanted to see if I could incorporate a new ritual into the ritual of what is my life.  I found in the beginning not so easy to give an average of 18 minutes of my morning and 19 minutes of my evening to do morning and evening prayer consistently.  I found myself wanted to look at my Book of Common Prayer when I did it so I could read it.  Driving and reading the BCP is not a recommended action due to the safety of yourself and others.  Do not get me wrong I missed some evening or morning prayers on occasion due to the selfish nature of myself getting busy.  However, I have found that I know can do most of the morning and evening prayer by memorization.  I do not need to read the BCP.  Now I can do the Psalms yet but the prayers and responses can be provided without the need of the book.  I am still not sure why when doing morning and evening prayer why the psalms are not read in numerical order.  It skips around a bit.  That being said.  I have developed my own ritual of doing morning and evening prayer in the car on the way to work and on my way home from work.  Unless I have the children in the evening and then we do it as a family.  My youngest loves doing evening prayer because afterwards we listen to the Christian children’s songs on CD.  There is definitely something powerful about starting your work day and ending your work day with morning and evening prayer. I am now wanting to listen to it in Latin. Something about hearing it in the original language intrigues me.  I was not great in Latin but I can remember saying the Hail Mary in Catholic school in Latin.

AVE MARIA, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.

Then doing the sign of the sign of the cross. In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti. Amen

The nuns and I might have not gotten along in my Catholic High School but I did pick up some Latin that has proved useful during my every day studies.  Now I do not pray the rosary as an Anglican we have other prayers we do however, something about me wants to see the Mass done in Latin.  There is something powerful about it.

This Friday I will taking the sacrament for matrimony known as the Solemnization of Matrimony.  The following is the sacrament in Latin. I might be off in my translation it has been a while since I have done English to Latin translation and I am not the best at conjugation.  I really need to take Latin again. There is something about getting back to the roots of the original language of the ritual.  In Labrador Canada my Grandfather served at a US installation there and attended a masonic lodge on a regular basis.  There at that lodge they spoke Gallic.  He once told me that of all the lodges he visited the lodge in which they did the ritual in the native tongue was the most impactful to him a Master Mason.  It begs to question if part of the connection we have with the ritual is in the language it was originally done? Does the changing of the language of the ritual change the impact of the ritual on those performing the ritual?

I will explore that question next week.  Peace be with you and remember praying no mater what the language God will understand it.

Forma formarum

Huiusmodi solemnisacione matrimonii

¶ In die illa pro tempore matrimonii solemnitas personae corpus Ecclesiae intrabitis nuptiis aut ex propriis parata domus cum omnibus amicis et vicinis consistens et homo a dextris et a sinistris: Mulier, Minister dicet

Dilectissimi hic congregati coram Deo et coram huius multitudinis etiam hunc virum et hanc mulierem in sacro Matrimonio coniungere; nesta quae institutae a Deo ut Unione mystica nobis significant inter Christum et Ecclesiam, quae primo aspectu et ornatus et ornatum sacrum statum signum Christi fecit in Cana Galilaeae et commendatur Sancti Paulum honor potest apud omnes: et idcirco non temere ineundum quispiam vel leviter; sed reverenter, dis-lloso ex deliberatione, sobrie, et in timore Dei. Venio nunc ad illam sanctam societatem aderant istis duobus praedium iungi. Si potest aliquis iustam causam ostenderit, cur non legitime conjungi, jam dicturus, aut in aeternum taceat.

¶ Et qui loquebatur ad personas nubentur dicet

Vos postulo causam, sicut iudicium iudicii dies respondebimus corda secreta detegantur, si nosti vel impedi ment-quid enim non matrimonio legitime copulavit, et Nunc edepol confiteor. Vos enim scitote, quod si aliqui aliter conjunguntur enim Verbum Dei exspectant, matrimonium non licet.

¶ ministro auctoritatem habebit propositae rationi dubitandi Matrimonium postulet refectione sufficientem securitatem suam si fuerit impedimentum iudicationem aut suspectis Minister dicat ad virum

  1. vis habere hanc mulierem in tuam legitimam uxorem, Dei ordinationi resistit post instauratam vitam communem in sacro statu Matrimonii? Amabis, consolare, honorare, ac custodire sanum et infirmum se; et relictis ceteris eius tantum te quamdiu vixerimus ambo?

¶ The Man respondebit,

Volo

¶ Deinde Minister dico mulierem

Hunc virum in tuum legitimum N. vis vivere in sacro statu Matrimonii post Dei ordinationi resistit? Amabis ei opem ferat illi honorem, seruabis nos inducas in tentationem; deserta omnia mandata illi soli adhærere, quamdiu vixerimus ambo?

¶ respondebit mulier,

Volo

¶ Deinde Minister dicere

Mulier nupta hoc homo dat?

¶ Et hoc modo se habent adinvicem dent. Ministri accepta in parentis, in amici manibus Mulier dabit homo sumere dextra dextram manum mulier et post eum ut sequitur.

  1. accipio te N. in legitimam uxorem meam, ut te ab hoc die habeam et teneam, quoniam expedit, sive ditiorem sive pauperiorem, sanum et infirmum, amare et fovere, donec mors nos partem faciunt, secundum Dei Quæs; et ad hoc do tibi fidem.

¶ tunc laxent manus; et mulier dextera sua dextra accipiens homo aeque post Minister,

  1. eidem accipio te N. habere et tenere a die hac, quia expedit, sive ditiorem sive pauperiorem, sanum et infirmum, amare et fovere, donec mors nos partem faciunt, secundum Dei Quæs; et ad hoc do tibi fidem.

¶ tunc iterum solverent manus; Annulum mulier et hoc modo hominis vobis dabit Ministro redde accipiens homo Annuli committimus, ut in quarto digito mulieris sinistram. Et respondit vir annulum habens, et docetur a Minister, dicet

Wed HOC annulo te in nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti. Amen.

¶ Et anulus apud hominem liberaret, Minister dicat ut sequitur.

Benedico Domine Annulum istum, qui portat qui dat et maneat in tua pace disponas, in voluntate tua praestitisti prosequitur usque ad finem vitae suae; per Iesum Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

¶ Deinde vir annulum in quarto digito mulier relicto sinistram, Minister dicat,

Oremus.

¶ Deinde Minister et Populus stantia dicant Orationem Dominicam.

PATER noster, qui es in caelis, Sanctificetur nomen tuum. Cae. Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in cælo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie. Et dimitte nobis debita nostra, sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem, sed libera nos a malo. Quia tuum est regnum, et potestas, et gloria in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

¶ Deinde Minister Addunt

Aeterne Deus, Creator et conservator humani generis, dator gratiae spiritualis auctor vitae aeternae Mitte benedictionem tuam super hos famulos tuos, hunc virum et hanc mulierem, quos in tuo Nomine benedicimus; ipsi fideles simul implere votum et conventionem inter eos certo præstent et facta sunt (cuius signum est et pignus datur et recipitur Annulo) dilectione et pace et in aeternum permanes, et vivunt secundum patratione leges tuas; per Iesum Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

¶ precibus sequenti Minister alterutri addere.

OMNIPOTENS Deus, conditor humani generis, qui solus fons vitae; Tribuere super hos fámulos tuos, si volueris, donum et patrimonium liberis et praesta, ut videant filios enutrivi et fidem tuam in timore, ad laudem et gloriam nominis tui; per Iesum Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

DEUS, qui repraesentatur in supellectili statum conjugii spiritualis matrimonii et unitatis inter Christum et Ecclesiam; Respice propitius super hos famulos tuos, ut diligere, venerari, et foveat unusquisque cum proximo suo veritatem et sic una in patientia autem pietatem veram sapientiam, ut in statione patrie benedictionis et pacis; Per eúmdem Dóminum nostrum Jesum Christum Dominum nostrum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitáte Spíritus Sancti aeternum Deus, per ómnia sǽcula sæculórum. Amen.

¶ Deinde Minister jungere dexteras, et dicat

    Quos Deus coniunxit, homo non separet.

¶ Deinde Minister loquor elit.

Quia tuarum N. et N. consenserint in sacrum Matrimonium et hoc coram Deo et hac congregatione testati et dederunt manus suas, et dederunt ei hercle ad alterutrum, et hoc idem Annulum datis acceptisque , et per conjunctionem manus; Pronuntio sunt viri et uxoris, In nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti. Amen.

¶ Vir et Uxor laudabiliter dicitur benedictionem Minister addat.

Deus Pater, Deus Filius, Deus Spiritus Sanctus, conservet, et custodiat te misericorditer respexit Dominus vultum suum ad te, et repleat vos omni benedictione spirituali et gratia; simul ut sic vitam habeatis in saeculo venturo vitam aeternam. Amen.

¶ Leges de matrimonio, in ecclesiis vel Banns evulgaret vel Licentia, diversitate Civitatum singularum singuli versus relinquitur Minister leges in omni re, quae ad civilem contractum inter partes.

¶ Cum Banns publici iuris erit in hac forma: Matrimonium inter N. quosnam edo – et N. de -. Si quis autem vestrum sciunt, vel iusto impedimento sancta haec duo coniunguntur in matrimonium non estis indicare. Hoc primum [secundarum aut tertiarum] petitione.

The Trinity and God’s Sign

Trinity Sunday week.  Webster online has an interesting definition of the Trinity.  It defines it by the capitalization of the T to discern if it is being spoken in regards to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. If it is a lower case t then it is defined three very similar things. In Mass we discussed how the belief in the Trinity to be a true Christian was like being in the eye of a hurricane. The Father is the power for the center to stay secure, Jesus sacrificed himself for us to be able to reach the center of the storm, and the Holy Spirit is what I believe to be the rock that keeps us grounded from being entrapped from the winds that swirl around.  These winds are sin.  For me the structure that keeps me in the center of the eye in the hurricane is a perfect description.  My safety is due to the entire structure although it contains three different parts.  I have also seen it in the sign of the Trinity.

trinity

The intersecting parts presents an accurate description of the narrow door to heaven that Matthew discussions. By believing in the Trinity we receive eternal life.

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.  Matthew 7:13-15

I had a rough weekend this past weekend.  I spent the last of my money buying Godparent gifts for my step children’s Godparents.  My step children were baptized on Trinity Sunday which I believe is important.  Their Godparents are amazing wonderful individuals.  Anyway on Saturday before their baptism we went out to purchase some food and I needed to pick up their gifts.  The last of my money was gone.  When the total came up I looked at Ben and he couldn’t afford all of it.  So I took the last of my money and made the decision to purchase it.  As I walked out of the store with our four small bags I began crying.  All gone.  Nothing left.  I had been holding on to the money so I could purchase my wedding ring and license.  And now it was all gone.  Ben and I are planning to get married on the 19th of this month.  I was distraught.  I was able to purchase Bens wedding ring but I know am not able to purchase my own.  I just collapsed into his arms sobbing in front of the car.  He just hugged me and told me God will get us through this and I asked him how.  He said turn around and in front of me was a rainbow. God’s sign.  Ben then told me he would be purchasing the marriage license and we would find something for my wedding ring.  I was about to tell him I always had foil but he interrupted me and said no we will find you something so you don’t have to wear a foil ring. He hugged me and told me it would all work out.  He told me we just have to believe.

So I believe.

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth; I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again.  He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Book of Common Prayer Pg 96