Taste and See: Compassion and care

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Jesus said to Nicodemus:

‘God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost
but may have eternal life.
For God sent his Son into the world
not to condemn the world,
but so that through him the world might be saved.
No one who believes in him will be condemned;
but whoever refuses to believe is condemned already,
because he has refused to believe in the name of God’s only Son.’

John 3:16-18

The Gospel heard at Mass yesterday, Trinity Sunday, contains famous words of reassurance and consolation.

God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost
but may have eternal life.

In this is our hope and our salvation.

However the Gospel passage continues with words that speak, and warn of condemnation for those who refuse to believe, who do not, will not, cannot accept what is offered. So is it salvation for those who believe and condemnation, damnation, for those who doubt?

The Gospel suggests that at the end of the day it could be so. But the end of the day is not yet, and in every moment the Lord comes, is with us, to draw us from our fears, doubts and darkness. By love he seeks to win us. And there is no sign yet, that he will ever give up on trying to win us for life and love.

  • Give thanks for the persistence and humility of God

The saving of humankind. St Mary’s Church, Shrewsbury. (c) 2016, Allen Morris

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