The three-leafed shamrock is the symbol of the Trinity for Celts. In Celtic Christianity, both art and spirituality were used seamlessly as they went about their work. One finds that the people made a point of acknowledging visual reminders of God in their daily lives. As I enjoy this new shamrock plant I too am reminded to contemplate God daily, especially in remembrance of St. Patrick. These are my thoughts today:
The Spirit’s main task is to bring salvation to sinful humankind (Grenz, 357). He has been at work as one of the three persons of the one God since before time began. He brooded over the waters in Genesis 1 in his role as Creator along with the Father and the Son.
There are numerous proofs of his deity in the Old Testament but it is not quite as clear how he is a full person as the Father and the Son are. We trust that he is because of his work in the creating and sustaining the world as being that of God. He is both similar to and different from the Son (Ibid, 371).
He is the relationship of the love between the Father and the Son. He is the power behind Jesus’ ministry as shown at his birth, the beginning of his ministry and his resurrection. When Jesus went back to heaven he left the Spirit to remind believers of what Jesus had taught them. He filled the disciples with his power at Pentecost to bring about the new community of God on earth. By his love and power he sustains them as they become witnesses for Jesus and build the kingdom of God. The Holy Spirit brings about the new creation of the earth and heaven (Ibid, 377). In the meantime he gives the ones who live for Christ a foretaste of things to come when he establishes God’s full rule in the world. He is the One responsible for “engendering love for God” (Wilken, 287) and drawing humankind to God to find true happiness (Ibid, 273).
Theology for the Community of God, Stanley J. Grenz
The Spirit of Early Christian Thought, Robert Louis Wilken