God sent his Son so that the world may believe through him.
Alleluia, alleluia. Glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; to God who is, who was, and who is to come. R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel Jn 3:16-18
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. 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.
The Church chose the reading of these three verses for the feast of the Most Holy Trinity. The evangelist announces that the saving love of God is manifested in the gift of the Son, that his will is to save and not to condemn, that his request is to receive, as response from us, the courage to believe in His love. This text, in its incisiveness, constitutes an essential key to reveal the importance of the mystery of the Triune God in our life: faith in the Most Holy Trinity is the source and goal of our belief. Everything that today we say with regard to the Most Holy Trinity is enclosed in the New Testament in the form of a seed that reached ripeness along the centuries. Of the four evangelists, John is the one who helps us to have a better understanding of the mystery of the Triune God. John, in fact, stresses the deep unity between the Father and the Son. The mission of the Son is to reveal the love of the Father. Jesus comes to proclaim: “I and the Father are one”. Between Jesus and the Father there is such an intense unity that he who sees his face will also see the face of the Father. While revealing the Father, Jesus communicates this new spirit “The Spirit of Truth, who proceeds from the Father”. At the request of the Son, the Father sends to each one of us this new spirit so that it will stay with us. This spirit, which comes to us from the Father, communicates the profound unity that exists between the Father and the Son. Christians contemplate the unity in God in order to be able to understand the unity that must exist between them. In our meditation, let us try to contemplate in our mind and heart that God is the Father, the Son is Jesus, and the Love is the Holy Spirit. To reach this, we do not need to try deepen the mystery. Let us just pause, keep silent and admire!
With Nazarene eyes
Bro. Gabriel expressed with a simple and actual language the relationship between the divine Trinity and the Holy Family, as the essential point of the spirituality of his Institute in these terms: “The Society of the Brothers of the Holy Family was founded to honor the Holy Trinity. For the members his feast will be the second most important one. They will pray with reverence three times a day the Glory to the Father: in the morning, at midday and in the evening … The Society of the Holy Family was also founded to honor the virtues of Jesus, Mary and Joseph and to win their protection during the life and at the hour of their death. This company will only bear the name of Congregation of the Brothers of the Holy Family and in no case, will join or will be associated with any other congregation or order. Associates will celebrate annually the feast of the Holy Family on the Thursday before the octave of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary. This will be the first and the main feast in the mother house of the society and other houses authorized to have a chapel…” (Constitutions of 1836 art. 1 and 2). Although the similarity, and therefore the strength of the sign, between the Holy Trinity and the Holy Family, lies rather in the similarity of the relations, there is also a correspondence among the persons. The personal identity of Jesus, perfect man and Son of God in the two mysteries, the Trinity and the Holy Family, constitutes the point of coincidence, which entitle the two families, at a different level, to be called “family of God.” Mary for her divine motherhood is linked in a unique way to the three persons of the Trinity. She received in her womb and gave birth to the Son of the Father through the Holy Spirit. The Gospel also shows the total availability of Joseph to undertake the mission of father of Jesus, as the spouse of Mary. No less remarkable is the intuition that discovers jointly in Mary and Joseph the face of God that is at the same time father and mother. The infinite love, which the Son received from the Father in the womb of the Trinity, takes a human form in the paternal and maternal tenderness of Joseph and Mary toward Jesus. In this way did Jesus understand it when, after having made known for a moment in the temple of Jerusalem his unique bond with the Father, he was obedient to Mary and Joseph. “How is it that ye sought me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house? They did not understand what he wanted to say. Jesus went with them to Nazareth and continued under their authority” (Lk 2, 49-51). “The Brothers shall consider the Holy Family as the most perfect realization on earth of the community of love which is the Holy Trinity.” The Constitutions (Art. 6), propose as a point of comparison the “community of love” to speak of the relationship between the Holy Family and the divine Trinity. This is the meeting point that allows, in faith, to pass from the earthly and necessarily limited reality of the family of Nazareth, to the divine and boundless reality of the Trinity. (Handbook of spirituality – 3.1.2 The Holy Trinity, the Holy Family and the community)
To you be praise and glory forever! (Dn3, 52-56)
O Most Holy Trinity, Father that created us, Son that redeemed us, Spirit that gives us light and strength, make us aware of your strong and mysterious presence that operates in every Christian, making of us witnesses of your love in the world.