Saint Thomas of Canterbury, Bolton

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Cycle A

Trinity Sunday

 

"God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son"

 

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John 3: 16-18

"God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son"

These words of Jesus are virtually a resume of the entire Gospel. Jesus came on a mission to proclaim the Good News of God’s love. He spoke of the dominance of God’s love over all that is evil, the healing power of God’s love bringing wholeness, the forgiving and life-giving outpouring of God’s love over a fallen humanity. At the very heart of the Christian message is the mind-blowing assertion that God is love and that God’s relationship with the world he created is a relationship of utterly total, gratuitous, non-abandoning fatherly love.

Such is the Father’s love for this sinful and broken world that “he sent his Son into the world not to condemn the world, but so that through him the world might be saved.” Here is a love that is extravagant in the extreme, a reckless love that comes right into the depths of our human situation of weakness and misery. Whilst fully sharing our human condition, Jesus speaks about God in a strikingly intimate way, addressing God as “Abba” – an expression of familiarity equivalent to “my dad”. From within that intimate relationship he tells us that the Father’s love for us is way beyond anything we could ever begin to dream of. The entire life and teaching, passion/death and resurrection of Jesus is the visible expression of that love.

The full presence and power of the self-giving love of both Father and Son is called the Holy Spirit. This Spirit of love comes to dwell within us, bringing us the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God. Bound together in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit we are called to be a Church of love, radiant in the threefold love we celebrate today.