Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
God so loved the world that he gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life (John 3:16).
Do you really believe this? You should. “God is love,” John tells us explicitly (1 John 4:7). That is the good news of the day. Many people fear God and dread his judgment. We should not. Even better, our reading from Exodus (24:6) tells us that “The LORD… [is] a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity.” Jesus speaks often of the Father’s love. The proof of God’s love is everything that exists.
The beauty of this feast is what it tells us of God. The message coming loud and clear through the readings today is that our God is not far away and is not “up there somewhere,” a kind of scary policeman in the sky. Rather, our God is close by and he cares deeply about us. We are most familiar with Jesus, who unveils God in human form. The message of his revelation is purely and simply to let us know that God, our Father, loves us with overwhelming love. Jesus also reveals God to us as an indwelling Spirit.
In practice, the meaning of the Spirit is that God is indwelling in all creation and revealing himself through it. Every act of truth and integrity, every act of love and compassion, every act of human empathy, every act of solidarity, forgiveness, acceptance, and justice in people is the Spirit of God working in and through us. Wherever there is truth or love or beauty, there is God.
Each Eucharist reminds us of the depth of God’s love for us. We are challenged to practice this in our own lives when we “go forth to love and serve the Lord.”
Let Us Pray:
Thank you, Father, for your kindness and love. May the celebration of the Eucharist today remind us that Jesus wants us to live as he did.