Holy trinity

St. Patrick’s Day provides an opportunity to reflect on the Holy Trinity

Well, we are getting closer to spring and things are heating up. We are moving forward with warmer weather.

Can you imagine what it would be like if we never had a weather change? Life would be so dull! The changing cloak of the weather lets us know what season we are in so we can prepare for the joys it has in store for us.

Life without any change of scenery can be very boring. Even in our daily lives, we seek that special moment of change.

Have you ever thought about how our lives change every day? We all change clothes every day. Even our commutes to and from work are never the same, especially for professional drivers.

Every moment of the day, something changes. Sometimes we don’t even notice this small, subtle change, but it’s there.

Have you ever thought about how we change in the sight of God? Some days we are willing to do what is required of us to honor God. Other days we are like rebellious children and we fall away from the blessings of God.

In all this, we find ourselves feeling a bit like the weather in March. Some days we have beautiful clear sunny days and other days…well, it seems like a total waste of a day.

But right in the middle of it all is that special day – St. Patrick’s Day. On that day, everyone becomes a little Irish! We are starting to wear green. And, of course, there is the famous clover.

Have you ever given much thought to the shamrock and what it represents? Many people have no idea what the shamrock represents. Let me try to shed some light on that special piece of greenery we call clover.

This three-leaf clover is part of the Irish St. Patrick’s Day legend, which used the plant as an educational symbol to explain the holy trinity. He explained that the clover is like the trinity. There is one God, represented by the stem, but three divine beings—the father, the son, and the holy spirit—all connected to the stem. These three leaves also represent faith, hope and love.

Have you ever thought about who St. Patrick really was?

Well, St. Patrick was a missionary who brought Christianity to Ireland. He wasn’t quite sure how to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity, so he used the shamrock to help explain that in the one God are three divine persons.

Each—father, son, and holy spirit—is a single unity attached to the stem (God). Thanks to the ingenuity of Saint Patrick, people quickly understood what was (and still is) the holy trinity. One God, three people. All are God—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

So when you start wearing green and holding that shamrock this St. Patrick’s Day, just remember that you are proclaiming the divinity of the trinity. You are celebrating the work of Saint Patrick which began so many years ago to help unbelievers understand their relationship with God.

So, as the weather constantly changes and our moods change daily, we see that God never changes. He is our protector as a father. He is our comforter in times of need as a son. He is the spirit that fills us with happiness and joy.

When you go out and pick a clover in your garden, notice that you can release all tensions and problems by reflecting on the trinity, and smile because with God all things are renewed.

March prepares us for the joys of spring and summer. Take your shamrock and say, “God the Father is my refuge, God the Son is my strength, and God the Holy Spirit gives me power throughout my day. Happy Saint Patrick!

The best of roads and all gears forward in Jesus,

Coins Rev. Marilou