When I was a kid, there were two kinds of sweet drinks that I especially loved. I’m not counting pies as sweets, because as we all know, the American Fruit Pie forms the firm foundation of any good diet. The first was a Green River, which I was only able to get at a drugstore in Kansas, which I now believe was soda water and some kind of green syrup. The second was a root beer float made with A&W Root Beer (not Barqs!). There is an appropriate ice cream (not too much!) and root beer ratio, and the whole thing suffers if the root beer is too warm. But a really good root beer float on a warm summer day—creamy, sweet, and just the right amount of fizz, it just says—come and work on the OSA garden this Saturday from 10-2pm, and we’ll scoop up some delicious floats for you at 2pm.
We also get to celebrate this weekend the creamy, sweet, and fizzy Holy Trinity. I suppose that’s not how Basil the Great of Cappadocia may have phrased it, but this Sunday is one of the high holy days of the year, the last one until Christ the King in November. It’s to celebrate what saves, redeems, sanctifies, gathers, calls, and upholds us: the Holy Trinity, one God. It’s not exactly a hard idea to understand—we worship one God in three persons, not three Gods—but it’s also a mystery that we enter. I wanted to say it is the the Trinity that makes us Christian, but that’s not exactly right. Christian is a designation for those who worship the Holy Trinity, but the Holy Trinity is busy saving and redeeming the world it has made. Our designation of Christian is too small for the work our God is doing.
It’s good that God is a mystery. It puts God beyond our control. If we could understand God, we could control God, and that would be very disappointing. We are not necessarily all that great at being in charge, we human beings. We fail to master ourselves and need to be saved from ourselves. Thanks be to God who does save us. God’s love is richer than cream, and when we feel God’s love, we know that God’s love is a sweet moment, and we become fizzy with joy. It’s a root beer float, God’s love, but exceedingly good for you.