Ah. Guys. I almost didn’t write this. The Trinity is a bugaboo for me. In my cynical moments, I see it as a way to make the Polytheistic Pagans okay with Christianity while still keeping the Monotheistic Jews comfortable in a fragile early Christian church. In my own Worship, my own relationship with the Godhead, I am okay with experiencing God the Creator (Father), God Incarnate on Earth (Son), and God the Divine Spark within Life (Holy Spirit). I’m not overburdened with a desire to parce it all out and make it strictly defined and codified. I am positive that all our efforts to understand the nature of God are wrong and flawed, because we are so limited by our mortal flesh, by what we can perceive and understand. Of course God is beyond our knowledge. How else could it be?
But this Sunday, this Trinity Sunday, is a really big Sunday in our church. BIG FEAST DAY. Thomas Becket (1118–70) was consecrated Archbishop of Canterbury on the Sunday after Pentecost, and his first act was to ordain that the day of his consecration should be held as a new festival in honor of the Holy Trinity. This observance spread from Canterbury throughout the whole of western Christendom. (Wikipedia)
So, what’s a gal who’s Eating Liturgically to do?
Well, firstly, she listens to some Bach, about whom she is not conflicted. He wrote several cantatas for the Holy Trinity. Here’s my fav:
Bach was a master at weaving disparate elements into a whole greater than its sum parts – appropriate for the Holy Trinity.
Then, perhaps a dessert that only uses 3 ingredients? Here’s my plan for Sunday:
Caramel Apple Tart
Serves 4 to 6
Recipe by Lindsay Hunt (found on Buzzfeed)
Unroll one 9-oz. sheet puff pastry and roll to make 10-inch square. Use a knife to lightly score a 1-in. border all around the edges of the pastry. Use a fork to prick holes all over the center of the pastry. Spread the middle of the dough with ½ cup dulce de leche and then layer on 2 thinly sliced apples. Bake in a 400º F oven, until the pastry is golden brown and flaky and the apples are tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve hot.
(Image and recipe from this Buzzfeed article: 13 Insanely Easy Three-Ingredient Desserts)
And lastly, give Glory to God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit! Bugaboo or no, I can do that with a pure heart.