Yesterday was St. Patrick's Day. While I first considered writing something on the Trinity, as that is perhaps St. Patrick's most known teaching (Patrick used a shamrock to teach how God can be composed of separate and distinct persons/parts while still being one being). However, I decided it would be best if everyone not get a headache trying to fathom the unfathomable.
So instead, I would call your attention to an ancient song, dating to perhaps the 5th century or earlier. Traditionally, the song known as "St. Patrick's Breastplate" was actually written by Patrick himself. Whether that is true or not, I would like to share an excerpt of the hymn's lyrics.
"Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger."
Just as we cannot fully grasp the Trinity, so too can we not fully grasp just how much Christ meant it when he said "...remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age." Whether within us in the person of the Holy Spirit, on our lips as scripture or words of love for another, or even beside us as a simple neighbor bearing the image of God...Christ is truly with us. I encourage everyone to live like they believe it this week.