Which person of the Trinity draws me into God’s love and peace? Today’s reading brings us back to “Ordinary Time” after several weeks of celebrating the Easter Liturgical Season. When we hear the word “Ordinary,” we jump to the conclusion that nothing special happens during this Liturgical Season. However, that is far from the truth. “Ordinary Time” is anything but ordinary! It draws us into the very heart of our faith and God’s love for us.
Today’s gospel reading is one of the shortest gospel readings, but it carries the most powerful message of our faith. The gospel of John 3:16 shares with us the true gift of God’s love, the gift of himself, as the Father, and the gift of his Son, Jesus Christ. Yet that is not enough! God’s gift continues in the form of the Holy Spirit.
These three gifts are defined as the Paschal Mystery – The Holy Trinity. In our second reading today it explains this mystery even further when it states, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.” When we embrace the Trinity, God calls us beyond ourselves to experience the model of Christian life which includes God’s love and peace.
Each member of the Trinity touches our lives in different ways based on our need for God’s presence. We are encouraged to be open to God’s love and peace in any way it completes us. The nature of the Trinity is present to us each time we make the sign of the cross. It reminds us that we live a dynamic life through the living God and his love for us and that is anything but ordinary.