Gospel Reflection June 11 – Deacon Don

Sunday, June 11

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

John 3: 16 – 18

Gospel:
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.
Reflection:
This Gospel is so often seen in banners at sporting events (John 3:16) that the significance of this passage may be lost and reduced to some banner toting Christian extremist. This passage should not be reduced to mere cliche. If we reflect on it a bit, we should understand how important and true this passage is and how relevant it should be in our daily life.

If you believe in the Father, the Creator – who created man and woman with free will, then it should not be too much of a stretch to wonder about the many ways we have abused our free will. That abuse of free will is called sin. If the Father is the creator of only goodness, then all that creation must be good even to the extent that true free will must allow us to depart from purely good acts. Just ask any parent about their adolescent children, so we must have some way to counter the abuses of free will. We call that grace. If we buy all of that then it should not be too much of a stretch to realize that someone must show us the way to engage in God’s gift of grace. The best way to show us is to offer us an example of grace itself – Jesus Christ. He lived among us and experienced everything human except sin. He is grace itself. Once Jesus has revealed to us the Father’s goodness in everything created, we now have a living example, born of a woman, an example of free will revealing the Father’s full intent through the Son. It is not too much of a stretch that after the Son ascended into Heaven, he would not leave us to muddle around into eternity on our own. He would leave us with the means for continued access to the Father’s grace through the Holy Spirit and His Church.

Without some experience and devotion to the Holy Trinity in our daily lives, the entire world and all of creation would be simply an absurdity. Our daily news and the media overload us with routine abuses of free will. This can easily lead us into disappointment and despair. Keeping the Holy Trinity and the perfect unity the Trinity provides, we can realize that we are never alone. The Holy Spirit’s presence gives us ready access to the Son and the Father and should return the world back from mere absurdity to our own devotion to properly exercising our free will to the Father’s purpose. The Holy Trinity remains a mystery, but one of more relevance in our devotion to it.

Deacon Don Poirier