If you look at the first letters of the titles of these reflections since Day 1, you’d notice that these spell out the message in today’s Gospel. One of my favorite verses since High School, I’ve always looked on these lines whenever I feel down or discouraged.
The love of God is at the core of His sending His Son Jesus into the world. The nature of this love is so central to God’s work, that He offers us the redeeming message to both believers and to those who feel that sin is a barrier to His’ saving Incarnation. When Jesus was speaking to Nicodemus, He is also speaking to us, much as our experiences show that at certain times in life we belong to either of these two categories.
While none of our daily experiences with God ever compare to the realization of Eternal Life through Jesus, these many ways of getting a glimpse of His love sustain us through the downs and challenges of life. The coffee in the morning, the sunrise that beckons His love throughout the day, the innocent smile on a baby’s face, or even the beautiful sunset; all these excite our hearts. We are always grateful to God for blessing us with these awesome everyday moments.
My life has long been blessed with remarkable moments that I feel this love transcend. Most would just shrug these off as coincidences, and not necessarily God’s love. For me though, God’s love is ever present and comes even in ordinary ways. These little moments, the little things that come off as surprises when we feel in need of assurance, answer to simple questions, or insights from everyday events.
Ours is not a cold and distant God – He is amazingly loving and is continuously sharing with us visible signs of His great and eternal love.
In the context of the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity, the reading calls our attention to God who reveals Himself in three persons: God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God the Father, out of love for the world, sent His Only Son into the world to redeem it from sin. Through the Son’s saving death and resurrection, we have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit. As three Divine Persons, God acts always as the God of love; He does not condemn the world but acts to save it.
The Gospel also calls us to respond in faith by professing our belief in God’s Son, Jesus, and the salvation that He has won for us. Our response and profession of faith is a sign of the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
“Glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; to God who is, who was, and who is to come!” (cf Rv. 1: 8)