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TRINITY IS ALTOGETHER A SINGLE DESIGN OF LOVE THAT SAVES HUMANITY AND THE WORLD: POPE FRANCIS

Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning!

 

Today’s Gospel (Cf. John 3:16-18), feast of the Most Holy Trinity, shows in John’s synthetic language the mystery of God’s love for the world, His creation. In the brief dialogue with Nicodemus, Jesus presents himself as He who brings to fulfillment the Father’s plan of salvation for the world. He affirms: “God so loved the world that He gave His only Son” (v. 16). These words indicate that the action of the three Divine Persons — Father, Son and Holy Spirit — is altogether a single design of love that saves humanity and the world; it is a design of salvation for us.

 

God created the world good, beautiful but, after sin, the world is marked by evil and corruption. We men and women are all sinners; therefore, God could intervene to judge the world, to destroy evil and punish sinners. Instead, He loves the world, its sins notwithstanding. God loves each one of us even when we err and distance ourselves from Him. God the Father so loves the world that, to save it, gave what is most precious to Him: His Only-Begotten Son, who gives his life for men, rises, returns to the Father, and together with Him sends the Holy Spirit. The Trinity, therefore, is Love, altogether at the service of the world, which it wishes to save and recreate. Today, thinking of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, we think of God’s love! And it would be good if we felt ourselves loved. “God loves me”: this is today’s sentiment.

 

When Jesus affirms that the Father has given His Only-Begotten Son, we think spontaneously of Abraham and his offering of his son Isaac, of which the Book of Genesis speaks (Cf. 22:1-14): behold the “measure without measure” of God’s love. And we also think of how God reveals Himself to Moses: full of tenderness, merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and rich in steadfast love and faithfulness (Cf. Exodus 34:6). The encounter with this God encouraged Moses, who, as the Book of Exodus recounts, was not afraid to interpose himself between the people and the Lord, saying to Him: Yes, “it is a stiff-necked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for thy inheritance” (v. 9). And God did this by sending his Son. We are sons in the Son with the strength of the Holy Spirit! We are God’s inheritance!

 

Dear brothers and sisters, today’s feast invites us to let ourselves be fascinated again by God’s beauty; inexhaustible beauty, goodness, and truth. But also beauty, goodness, and truth that is humble, close, who made Himself flesh to enter in our life, in our history, in my history, in the history of each one of us, so that every man and woman can encounter Him and have eternal life. And this is faith: to receive God-Love, to receive this God-Love who gives Himself in Christ, who makes us move in the Holy Spirit; to let ourselves be encountered by Him and to trust in Him. This is the Christian life. To love, encounter God, seek God, but He seeks us first, He meets us first.

 

May the Virgin Mary, dwelling of the Trinity, help us to receive God’s love with an open heart, which fills us with joy and gives meaning to our journey in this world, directing it always to the end, which is Heaven.

 

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