Most Holy Trinity: Gospel – John 3:16-18
The divine life revealed as a communion of love
“By sending His only Son and the Spirit of Love in the fullness of time, God has revealed His innermost secret: God Himself is an eternal exchange of love, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and He has destined us to share in that exchange” (Catechism paragraph 221).
“God is one, but not solitary” (254), for He is “one God in three Persons” (253), the Most Holy Trinity.
Jesus revealed that God is Father in an unheard of sense: He is Father not only in being Creator; He is eternally Father by His relationship to His only Son” (240), the Eternal Word, Who became flesh to redeem us (422-23).
The Holy Spirit has been described as the eternal Love between the Father and Son: “The Spirit is inseparable from them, in both the inner life of the Trinity and His gift of love for the world” (689).
Indeed, love is God’s “first gift, containing all others” (733), communicating to us “the very life of the Holy Trinity, which is to love as God loved us” (735).
Pope Benedict XVI has explored the meaning of this divine revelation in his encyclical God Is Love:
God “loves with a personal love” (9), as a “lover with all the passion of a true love.”
But this seeking-love is simultaneously a self-giving love, which leads directly to the “mystery of the Cross: so great is God’s love for man that by becoming man He follows him even into death” (10). “This is love in its most radical form. By contemplating the pierced side of Christ…it is from there that our definition of love must begin” (12).
Question for reflection: How have I come to believe in God’s love for me?