Why the name Ruby and Teal?

My favorite color combination is a paradox.

They shouldn’t work together! A basic overview on “color theory” will demonstrate how ruby and teal, beautiful enough as stand-alone color choices, allegedly just don’t pair well.

Take a look at the sections of the wheel that are labelled as Blue-Green and Red.

X complementary

X analogous

… and a split-complementary combination only works if a variation of lime gets thrown into the mix.

However, I am completely attracted to the twosome. I love my glossed, red hair and gelled blue manicure. I strut the streets in a teal dress and match the lewk with a ruby colored cardigan. My ultimate Nicole-ness glows when given the opportunity to present myself in the hues that I find both outrageous and appealing.

That’s convincing, wouldn’t you say?

Well… that’s only a half-truth to the question. That’s the variation of the truth that I would give to a stranger, or probably even an acquaintance, who inquires about my thought-process behind this blogging endeavor. I am not yet the best version of myself when in public. I often get tongue-tied when approached with the subject about my personal beliefs and/or my scholarly interests. One might think that someone who has gone through the extra education to receive a master degree in theological studies would exude confidence.

It’s similar to defending a thesis, right?


Unfortunately, that is not always the case. I know multiple people, myself included, who have sought careers for their theology/religious studies degrees and still struggle with how to approach the subject of faith outside of the parish or classroom. In a world where lay people are skeptical about the institutional Church (be it because of misinformation, reports of corruption, or painful experiences that they themselves have encountered), and have particular convictions about how Christianity should operate, people of faith are hyper-aware that possible conflict may ensue if they said too much.

The entire truth behind the name is that when I meditate on the Passion of our Lord, I am left in awe with how ruby and teal dominate the imagery. I see the Blood of Christ, poured out for many when he had willingly took up the suffering of His Cross, bedazzling the morning sky like shards of precious gems. Blood, the life-source of our physical bodies, draining out from the Savior. The light of day, the first in Genesis to be called “good”, an unsuspecting backdrop to the consequences of human depravity.

Jesus, only begotten Son of the Father, had intentionally been incarnated of, and through, human flesh. It was He who had resisted all temptation to sin, who had been guiltless of any crime, that had delivered humanity into the promise of Eternal Salvation. By sacrificing his own body to the torment of Crucifixion, the revelation of God’s Love for Creation had been fully realized. For me, the paradox of this ruby and teal color combination, further illustrates the Paradox of the Cross.

Scripture is rich with this imagery.

Remember Aaron’s staff? The Book of Exodus tells of how the brother of Moses, through the intercession of God’s power, was able to strike the Nile with his rod, turning all bodies of water in Egypt into undrinkable/uninhabitable pools of blood. A plague upon Pharaoh, for whose heart was hardened against the cries of the enslaved Israelite people.

God is merciful. God is just. God is the source of Love from which all of God’s people take comfort and strength.

This is my understanding of how humanity should interpret God’s presence in the world; as the infinite Well from which humanity’s underdeveloped notions of love is ultimately sourced. What our collective, finite human knowledge could possibly comprehend about God’s Love is incredibly superficial – the greatness of which has the capability of nurturing all Creation for time to come, but (as we are beings who are fully depended on this Love) the significance of outpouring is by design underappreciated. The good news being, God does not need, or expect, to receive a reciprocal amount of love in return! God’s greatness is not compromised by our inability to imitate God. God gifted us with all the information we would ever require to be in full communion with God’s perfect Love. God gave to us the WORD.

We live and love by the instruction, and by the example, of Christ Jesus.

Ruby and Teal centers my heart back to it’s original intent; for being in that full communion with God’s perfect Love.

Portraying Jesus Christ, a parishioner reenacts Jesus Christ’s final hours, in the traditional Good Friday procession, or Stations of the Cross in Pirenopolis, Brazil, Friday, April 3, 2015. Christians all over the world attend ceremonies that mark the day Jesus Christ was crucified, commonly known as Good Friday. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

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