On the Gospel of John 3:16-18
Today the Church celebrates the feast of the Blessed Trinity- the most profound mystery of God’s own intimate personal life- the Mystery of Mysteries! Why celebrate it today? The mystery of the Trinity is the very starting point of all God’s revealed Truth- the origin too of all existence but crucially, as children of God, co-heirs and brothers and sisters of Christ, we too are called to share in God’s own divine life!
Three Divine Persons in one single God could never be explained easily, and the mystery encompassing God’s very identity has suitably been revealed to us gradually. First, we encountered God the Father in the Old Testament, the Good Shepherd who cares tenderly for his flock despite their infidelities. We learn too that there is only one God, but that He is Father, through an eternally begotton Son. It is Christ’s birth into the world that brings us into the story in an amazingly new way. It’s His life and (as we see in today’s Gospel) His death that reveal the immensity of God’s love for mankind and deep desire for us to participate more fully in that love. It is through Christ, his life and teaching that we are able to know and love this eternal God; “no one knows the Father except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him” (Matt 11:27).
This sharing in God’s life begins for us in the grace of Baptism. In the sending of the Holy Spirit, we are invigorated and made children of God. The Holy Spirit, given as our guide and teacher, continually strenghtens, inspires and motions us in our lives to travel faster along the path that leads us back to God. We need this support as we make those decisions in our daily lives that mark us a true children of God. “If a man love me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to Him and make our home with him” (1Cor 6:19). Through the action of the Holy Spirit, our own souls become in a special way homes for the living presence of God. This is the very heart of our Christian identity and should fill us with joy, peace and a determination to follow Christ – for it is our foretaste of heaven!
This Sunday, let us grow accustomed to seeking God in the depths of our own souls – in times of prayer but also through awareness of His presence in the many moments of our daily life. Deepening our awareness and intimacy with His living presence draws us ever further into that saving love that is our path to knowing God and eternal happiness.
“You, O eternal Trinity, are a deep ocean, into which the more I penetrate, the more I discover, and the more I discover, the more I seek you.” St Catherine of Siena, Dialogue.
Jesus said to Nicodemus, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son”.
– John 3:16-18