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Holy Trinity Solemnity A

Sunday, June 07, 2020

"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.” It is a key word which introduces us today, in theme of a true nature of God, who in his Son shows his mercy visible in the works of the Holy Spirit. This way we can see Triune God, in his work of creation (Yahweh-Father), of salvation (Son of God) and of sanctification (Holy Spirit). The love of God (Yahweh) causes the existence of the world and a man as its crown; the mercy is a cause of its redemption in salutary intervention of Yahweh in the history of the chosen nation, which the first reading speaks about today. Moses, who has experienced this salutary intervention of God provoking the exodus of its nation from Egypt, calls Yahweh: “The Lord, a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity.” Facing infidelity of his nation, the Patriarch dares to ask God, calling his mercifulness: “If I find favor with you, O Lord, do come along in our company. This is indeed a stiff-necked people; yet pardon our wickedness and sins, and receive us as your own” The intervention of God gets its climax in the coming of the Son of God into the world, who died on the cross for our sins. Jesus Christ is a sign of divine love and of the mercy of God to each of us, which is called together: merciful love. Before it, “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.” In one word, this merciful love cannot reach out to someone who does not accept him and do not believe in his salutary power. Christ does not save anyone who voluntarily rejects him. It is a nature of love: it is always free. In all the rest of the people remain its fruit: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit is with all of them.”