2 Corinthians 13.11–13
Trinity is the Church’s most basic description of who God actually is — and who he needs to be in order to save us. It is at the very heart of what Christians believe, and very little else in Christianity makes sense without it.
To speak of, or pray to, God as Trinity is to use a kind of ancient abbreviation. It is a made-up word, a shorthand way of affirming three statements:
- There is only one God.
- The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit is each God.
- The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are not the same.
— Stephen Bullivant, The Trinity: How not to be a Heretic
It’s Trinity Sunday. Let’s talk about food! Specifically, takeaway food.
I remember many times as a kid in England going to a takeaway place. Nothing unusual about that, you may say. But back in the 1960s we didn’t call them takeaway places. We called them fish and chip shops.
We didn’t use the word ‘takeaway’, because there was only one meal you took away to eat. Battered cod, and hot chips slathered in vinegar and covered with salt. All wrapped in last week’s newspaper.
With a diet like that, I’m lucky to have survived this long.
Now, my horizons have expanded. We have other takeaways like Chinese or Mexican or Indian food. Speaking of ‘takeaway’ makes sense now. You might mean more than one thing when you talk about ‘takeaway’. So you need to specify whether it’s Thai or Italian takeaway.
That’s enough about food, I’m starting to crave fish and chips.