The Temple

The Holy Spirit is an Enchilada

PhotobucketThat makes me laugh…uneasily.

So I am trying to finish my sermon this Friday afternoon and forgot to close my office door when a woman knocks at our outer door.  She is let in by a faithful staffer who fields her questions about hiring someone trustworthy to do odd jobs at her home.  She is elderly, but competent.  She normally does her own work, but is getting tired, not lazy, and wants to hire someone.  She has money, the Lord provides, and she wants to pay by the hour…not by the job.

It is an interesting phenomenon that occurs regularly at the church.  But that is not what “got” me today.  As she was wrapping up her very loud interaction, our staff person asked her where she went to church.  She responded that she went to church in a neighboring town where a couple pastored, and proceeded to say she would come to our church but she and her church were “spirit-filled” and she would be bored here, since we didn’t indulge in tongues, etc.  Our staff person responded with “we are filled with the Spirit as well…”

“Yeah, but I want the whole enchilada…”

PhotobucketThat’s when it hit me.  The Holy Spirit is an Enchilada.

How could I have missed it?  So I am planning on Mexican food for dinner, so I can get the whole Enchilada. Could it be that simple?  You bet.  I wonder if her church serves Enchiladas every Sunday?

Enchilada is the past participle of Spanish “enchilar”, “to add chili pepper to”, so that certainly fits the functioning of the Holy Spirit – chili pepper would be the equivalent to power. We could all use some power of the chili pepper. The Real Academia Española defines the word enchilada, as used in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua, as a rolled maize tortilla stuffed with meat and covered with a tomato and chile sauce.Photobucket
“Enchilada.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 12 Sep 2008, 09:03 UTC. 12 Sep 2008 .

So Enchiladas are stuffed…meaning they have many different fillings…a variety of fillings so to speak, but the same Enchilada…

You can learn so much if you are just open and willing to listen and not be so narrow minded.


September 12, 2008 - Posted by | Christian Living, Christianity, Church, Silly Stuff | , , , ,


  1. Pass the chilli pepper!

    Comment by Lana G! | September 12, 2008 | Reply

  2. Hmmm. So what I’m hearing is that, even though the folk at this woman’s church are (reputedly)thoroughly stuffed with “enchilada”, they lack trustworthiness? I would have thought that being filled with “enchilada” would produce or increase trustworthiness. Perhaps they focus on the more “explosive” manifestations of “enchilada filledness”.

    Comment by "Dear" | September 12, 2008 | Reply

  3. Well said ‘dear’. I’m a little concerned as I don’t care for enchiladas….are you sure she didn’t say quesadillas.

    Comment by kbagdanov | September 12, 2008 | Reply

  4. and they are delicious too

    Comment by Leonard | September 15, 2008 | Reply

  5. all this talk is makin’ my stomach growl… enchiladas, quesadillas, holy spirit… man!

    Comment by loulou | September 18, 2008 | Reply

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