Exodus 34:4-6, 8-9; Daniel 3; 2 Corinthians 13:11-13; John 3:16-18
We celebrate the Holy Trinity today: Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. One God, three Persons. One in the sense of number and one in the sense of united. The priest sometimes uses the greeting in the First Reading: The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you. This phrase shows unity does not mean the same because each Person in the Trinity has his own role and personhood. The Son is Lord and he gives his grace. The Father is from whom all love comes from and the Holy Spirit unites the community to move it towards the Father. The community should mirror the Trinity so that people will see what God revealed in the First Reading to Moses: the Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
God is infinitely merciful and it is this mercy that makes him give his Son to the world so that whoever believes in the Son may not perish but have eternal life. The mercy of the Father is openly available to everyone who desires it. BUT there is a condition: one must believe in the Son to experience the mercy of God? One may ask, I thought love has to be unconditional, but why is there a condition to experience God’s mercy and have eternal life?
The answer is quite simple. I cannot give something to someone who does not want to receive it. If I give a gift to a person and the person refuses even to stretch his arm to get it, what use is that gift? God is giving us his mercy and love, but if people would not, figuratively, extend their hand to take it, what can God do? God will not save us without our permission therefore, we need to give God the permission to show his mercy and love us.
How can I extend my hand to take God’s mercy and love? Jesus tells us how: believe in him. So what does believing in Jesus mean? Does it mean believing God exists? Does it mean believing and reciting the Creed? Does it mean doing religious things? When Jesus tells us to believe in him, he is telling us to surrender our lives to him, to let him take charge of our lives. We do this, not out of fear, but out of trust. But why should I trust Jesus? Can he really change my life? Will he not restrict my freedom such that I cannot enjoy my life?
Just think about this. God created us for a purpose. We are not accidents of nature. But we have a purpose in life. We will never be happy or have a full life until we fulfill that purpose. This is why people feel empty in their lives, why people do not have purpose in their lives, because they do not know why they exist. The tendency when that happens is to end up feeling hopeless.
The good news is no matter how far we have strayed from God’s purpose, he wants to lead us back and he has power to lead us back. But we need to allow him to do that.
What should you do if you are searching for meaning in life, if you feel like you are a hamster spinning its wheel in life, running with no where to go, if you do not see any bright future? Turn to God, ask him to reveal his plan for you and surrender your life to him. This is the only way to fulfill our purpose in life, to be the person we were created to be.
Lord, I come to you, searching for meaning in life. Help me see you as the God who is abundant in love, who is merciful, who calls me to him, so I can have fullness of life. Teach me to believe in you, to trust you, to submit myself to you so you can lead me to the life you want me to have. Father, reveal your love me. Jesus, give me your Holy Spirit to lead me to the Father.