18/06/2011

Homily for Solemnity: The Most Holy Trinity A : God Is Love Because He Is a Trinity

trinite A ev.jpgPope Benedict XVI's first encyclical was entitled, "God Is Love" (1 John 4:8).

  • It's something we have all heard many times.
  • In fact, we may have become so used to it that we don't remember how revolutionary and unique that conception of God really is.

There are many religions in the world, and many of them have come to understand that God is good.

  • But almost all of them start with man's search for God.
  • And because human nature is limited, that search can only arrive to a limited view of God.

Christianity is different. Christianity is about God's search for man

  • When Jesus Christ came to earth, he came in order to rescue the fallen human race from evil and bring it to the joys of eternal life.
  • And so, in Christianity, we have the privilege of receiving God's own revelation of himself - he actually shows us, in Christ, who he is and what he is like.
  • And his most fundamental and essential characteristic is love.
  • Not power, not knowledge, not transcendence - but love.
  • This explains why Jesus came to earth in the first place: "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" (John 3:16).

And this also explains what the Holy Trinity is all about. 

  • If God were solitary, how could his nature be love?
  • Love always means relationship and self-giving.
  • God can only be love if he is both one and three: three divine persons, each one fully divine, living from all eternity in an unbreakable unity of mutual love.

God is love. In other words, God is one, as the Catechism puts it, but not solitary (CCC 254).

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