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God Doesn't like you... He loves you!

      I think one of the most overlooked, not though about sayings in the Mass is the greeting that we hear from todays Second Reading, " The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, The love of God, and the Communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all" It is full of theological meaning, that St Paul understood as he gave it as a final greeting to the Corinthians. 

      St Paul speaks of the holy trinity and each of their characteristics.  Firstly, St Pauls speaks of the 'Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.' Christ offers us grace. But what is grace?  The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines it has: "Grace is favour, the free and undeserved help that God gives us to respond to his call to become children of God, adoptive sons, partakers of the divine nature and of eternal life." (CCC 1996)  Therefore, grace is the help, the favour that Christ gives us- that we don't deserve because of our sin. Does not Christ offer us help? That was his mission on earth-to help people. He revealed God to them by helping people. He showed them God and what God can do for them. 

     St Paul then goes on to say, "The love of God"  Gods love becomes evident through works of Charity. When we help a neighbour, or be kind to the poor, then we are sharing Gods love. Christs grace is exactly this-Gods love. Christ, through his actions, reveals the loving care and compassion that God has for us.

    To say the word Love is strong. It is stronger than saying the words,"friends" or "I like you." When you say you Love someone, or something, it means your have a strong need or desire for that thing or person. So it is with God. God has this strong desire to be with us. He wants a relationship from us. God isn't just our friend: God is our father. For this reason, that God is our father, we start off the pray that Jesus gave us with those exact words " Our Father" We don't only know that he is our father, but we believe that he is our father. A Father just doesn't like his children-HE LOVES THEM. God doesn't like us-he Loves us. He will do anything for his children. 

     Finally St Paul ends his farewell greeting, with "and the communion of the Holy Spirit"   The Holy spirit, unites people. (as discussed in last weekends post.) It units us to form peace, and love for each of us who believe in Jesus Christ. The spirit joins us together, to see the love of God, to see the works of Christ. 

     To effectively see the love of the Father, we need the grace of the Son and the unity of the Holy Spirit. If one of the three are missing, none of them make sense. All three make up the perfect and Holy Trinity. The spirit forms us into communion. The spirit leads us to come into communion with each other. The spirit brings us into communion after Christ sends forth his grace and Gods love is revealed. Upon anything we ask for Christ will work. Sometimes the answer is a yes, and other times the answer is "not right now" or "You don't need that." But all of these answers reveal the Love of God. Helping us to see the  loving and forgiving, slow to anger  God that is described in todays first reading. 

     I think one of the most quoted biblical text, (that has been given a million interpretations) is John 3:16-18. Regardless of what interpretations are out there, (There will be a thousand for any scripture verse) John 3:16-18 really comes down to belief. Do we believe in Jesus? Jesus didn't come to condemn but to show. He showed Gods love to the troubled, and polytheistic world. He gave us Freewill. He isn't forcing any of us to follow him. He gave us the free will to say yes or no to Christ.

     God has this incredible love for us. A stronger and more sincere love than anyone can give in return. He wants us to be with him in heaven so much, that he sent his only Son into the troubled and sinful world. HE sacrificed his one and only son for us so that we may become his adopted sons and daughters. He sacrificed his son so that we might have life. None of us could every do that for anyone. This relationship (between the father and the Son)  is the perfect and most admirable relationship. Christ gave up his one and only life, so that you might live for ever.  

     So on this Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, may we come to find where the Grace of Jesus, the Love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit is in our lives.

 May we come to find Gods love working in our lives and in the relationships we have with other people.

 May we come to acknowledge God as a merciful, gracious, slow to anger abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness God. (Self description of God in todays first reading)

     MAy we come to learn that God is our loving Father. That he is more than a friend, because he is always offering us steadfast love. All we have to do to receive the Grace of Jesus, the Love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, is to say 3 simple words: "Yes I Believe"

     May we realize today how important we are. We are so important to Christ and to God, that Christ offered himself so that you can live.

Happy Fathers Day God! 

Happy Fathers Day to all Fathers! 



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