Posted by: frburke23 | June 10, 2017

Thought for Holy Trinity Sunday (June 11, 2017)

Thought for Holy Trinity Sunday (June 11, 2017)
JOHN 3:16-18
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.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world might be saved through him.
Whoever believes in him will not be condemned,
but whoever does not believe has already been condemned,
because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Holy Trinity is an eternal exchange of love between the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit is the love between the Father and the Son. Jesus came to the earth to reveal the Father’s love to the world. After rising from the dead, they tried to cling to Him, but Jesus said that He must return to the Father so that they could send the Holy Spirit.
Jesus’s desire is that we participate in the divine life of the Trinity. How do we do that? When asked what the greatest commandment is, Jesus answered that we are to love God and love our neighbor. What is love? It is willing the good of the other person. Jesus showed us the perfect love by laying down His life on the cross. When we love sacrificially we participate in the divine life.
The Bible is a love story between God and His people. From the beginning of time, God existed. He created the heavens, the earth and man out of love. Man sinned and strayed, so God sent many prophets to draw them back to Him. They killed many prophets and didn’t listen. God sent His son Jesus, thinking they would listen to His Son. However, they crucified Jesus with the greatest demonstration of love ever seen on this earth.
Jesus rose from the dead and ascended into heaven, saying that He would never abandon His people. Thus, the Father and the Son sent the Holy Spirit into the world. This same Spirit resides in our hearts through baptism. God desires to live out His mysteries in and through us. Will you allow Him to do so?
Have a blessed weekend!
Fr. Burke

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