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Gospel: John 3: 16-18

For 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.

My brothers and sisters,

The Incarnation reveals to us that God is eternally one, but God id a communion of Persons. The interior
life of God, if we may put it like that, is the eternal communion of love between the Father, the Son and
Holy Spirit; one sole God in essence, with three distinct Persons. St. Paul, in his beautiful farewell to the
Corinthians, associates grace with the incarnate eternal Son, Jesus Christ; love with God the Father; and
fellowship or communion, with the Holy Spirit. This helps us gain entry into the mystery, but in reality
all three Persons are grace, love and communion. God has revealed to us the names Father, Son and
Holy Spirit, to help draw us into this mystery, so we can communicate with the holy and undivided
Trinity.

The terms express a reality, but a reality which we will only see when we participate fully in the eternal
love of the Three Persons in heaven. Here we have to exercise our spiritual muscles to receive the
reality of the Trinity, where, in the words of St. Athanasius: “in that Trinity there is no before or after,
nothing greater or lesser, because the three Persons are co-eternal and equal among themselves>’ So
we are social creature because God is communion. We are rational creatures because the divine Trinity
is the fountain of all reason, order and intelligence.

So we have the maker’s mark, the artist signature. But God does more than create us; we are also
redeemed by him. The eternal Word, the second Person of the Blessed Trinity, while never ceasing to be
God, took on our human nature. God could have redeemed us with just a word of command. But God
wishes into the life of God’s beloved creatures to heal and to raise them to participate, by grace I, in the
divine, eternal life. So great is God’s desire to share communion with us that Jesus Christ, who is both
divine and human, was prepared to suffer and die on the cross to communicate that love.
But not being content with dying and rising for us, Jesus sent the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost to
dwell within the Church, and to dwell within each one of us who are baptized. In fact, the whole of the
Trinity dwells within us when we live a sacramental life, healing and illuminating us, we would be unable
even to make the sign of the cross with any conviction.

St. Elizabeth of the Trinity, who died in 1906 and was canonized in 2016 by Pope Francis, had an
especially vivid awareness of the dwelling of the Blessed Trinity. She was an ordinary girl from an
ordinary family but was given the grace to experience profoundly the divine Persons in her daily life.
She wrote: “O my God, Trinity whom I adore ! Grant my soul peace. Make it your heaven, your beloved
dwelling and the place of your rest.” My brothers and sisters, we must remember that we are made for
communion, communion with each other and communion with God.

Peace and prayers always,
Fr. Joe