In the Gospel for Trinity Sunday (John 3:16-18), Jesus states: “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” As people of faith, our calling is to bring Christ to the world not to condemn the world.
This is not an easy task when so many seem to be growing indifferent to faith. The modern world is facing many challenges as many are turning away from the Lord and His Church. When this happens people of faith can feel overwhelmed and begin to condemn the world or try to escape its problems. Our Readings remind us that this is not the answer. In the First Reading from Exodus, Moses prays, “Although this is a stiff-necked people, pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for your inheritance.” Even though their actions caused many headaches for Moses (I am sure that is why God gave to him, “two tablets” on Mt. Sinai), he did not give up on them. We see Moses acting on behalf of the people, praying for them and trying to turn their hearts to the Lord. His focus was conversion rather than condemnation.
As we reflect upon the Holy Trinity we are presented with a profound mystery that is rooted in love. The Father loves the Son, and the Son loves the Father, and the love that they share is the Holy Spirit (Adrienne Von Speyr). Trinity Sunday reminds us that, like our God, we are part of a community of persons. We are called to love that community rather than condemn it or flee from its imperfections. We help our brothers and sisters to come to know, love and serve the Lord so that they can be saved. “God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”