For God So Loved The World!
“ God loved the world so much that he gave His only son, so that whoever believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal life.”
It is clear from the gospel of John that God truly loves this world and everyone in it. This is despite all the sin and turning away from God that goes on. By virtue of our very existence, everyone on this earth is a child of God. This is not dependant on our actions, status, or abilities. This is our dignity and identity as children of God, and no one, and no event can take this away from us. We are given by God the love of the Trinity. In perfect union we are offered the love of God, the love of the Son, and the love of the Holy Spirit, given by one God in one intimate Holy Communion.
Since the concept of original sin was not developed until centuries after the Gospel of John was written and hell is not mentioned in the Gospel either, one might ask what salvation John was speaking about in the Gospel. John seems to be saying that in order to love, in order to be in relationship with God, we must be saved from all those aspects of our lives that keep us from loving unconditionally. We must be freed from the power of sin and human systems that are driven by superficial desires. Thankfully, Jesus has given us the sacraments in order to sustain us, and also to
reconcile to Him through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, as we all fail from time to time in our relationships.
What is God’s desire for us? I believe it is simply to live deeply in loving relationships; loving relationships with the Trinity, the church, and also in our families. Belief in Jesus is, however , the criteria that determines our relationship with God. People choose salvation by opening themselves to the transforming love of God revealed in Jesus, or they close themselves off from life by refusing to accept Jesus as the God who loves.
On Trinity Sunday, rather than try to solve the great mystery of the Trinity, let us open ourselves more to it. Let us rejoice in the great mystery of why God created us in the first place, desiring to be part of our lives. Let us rejoice in the Father, Son and Spirit; the mystery of a God who cares for us like a loving parent. Let us rejoice in the Son who laid down His life for us so we can be saved. And let us rejoice in the Holy Spirit who sustains us, advocates for us, and grows more deeply in our hearts.
God bless you all
Deacon Dan MacDonald