Thursday, March 26
On the Lighter Side of Things
Chesterton once commented that The Holy Ghost proceeds from the Father and the Son--apologies to my Orthodox friends, just metaphysically white-out that last clause if you like--is essentially the same thing as saying God is Love, as the love between Father and Son is so strong as to be a whole Person in Itself. Taking that logic to a perilous extreme, let's see whatever deeper philosophical, historical and theological situations we can wrench out of innocuous song lyrics and titles:
All you need is love: The sum of my personal satisfaction is quenched by the eternal procession of the Persons of the Trinity.
L is for the way you look at me: Acrostic interpretation of the abiding charity of God, with mildly Kabbalistic overtones. Possibly originating in an early, cryptic text of Rabbi Gamaliel.
I've got a lovely bunch of cocoanuts: The glory of the Trinity is revealed in the humblest facets of creation. Obviously Franciscan.
Fly me to the Moon : It must have something to do with the Assumption. Right? Right? Work with me, people.
Do you believe in Magic?: Acually one of the messier portions of the Kramer and Sprenger witch-trial transcripts.
Heaven. I'm in Heaven: The Q-source for this text is presumably derived from the apocryphal Assumption of Enoch, in which the biblical patriarch is taken up to heaven in a burning inner-tube shaped UFO, a bit like that scene in Cats.
I Left My Heart in San Francisco: Something to do with relic theft in the early Spanish colonies.
Inagaddadavida: A testament to the utter inscrutability of God equal to the great medieval English classic, The Cloud of Unknowning. Or, in other words, I have no idea what they're saying.