(John 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.”
It is written in the Book of Genesis that one evening Adam and Eve were walking along in the Garden of Eden. They were still very close to God. They had not yet eaten from that forbidden apple. They knew within the very depths of their being that God was with them! They heard our dear Creator as He whispered softly to them as a soft breeze. They both heard our dear God precisely because they had consistently and freely chosen to live their daily lives in accordance with God’s ways. How do you now choose to live out your daily life? Is it in the ways of Christ? Is it in accordance with the wisdom of the Holy Spirit? How do you live out your one pure unearned gift of human life?
In the ancient Catholic Tradition, we can discover an old term used to describe the Most Holy Trinity. The Trinity is the Triune Oneness of The Divine…Father, Son and Holy Spirit. If we need proof of this Divine Relationship, then open your heart, mind and spirit and understand that you are alive with your gift of one life because through the love of your father and mother, you were conceived and born into this world. Your own life results in a triune oneness of humanity present in you. You are partially the presence of your mother and the presence of your father. You are the new creation. In you is a human triune…an image of the Divine Triune Oneness. Just as God is love, so too are you and every human being called to love.
At the moment of your birth, a new life was granted a place, a role, and a divinely inspired purpose here in God’s creation. In today’s world, we do not walk in that ancient land known as the Garden of Eden. In today’s society, it is way too easy to be tempted and to fall to temptation after temptation. St John writes, “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son.” Our ancient Faith assures us that like the Risen Christ, the Son of God, we too shall die and are invited by our dear Lord to rise into the Eternal Life Christ obtained for us. This infinite Divine Love is unconditional Love. It exemplifies Divine gifts such as Mercy, Justice, Compassion, Forgiveness and Love. In this one lifetime know our Triune Oneness of The Divine has been with you since your conception. Know the holiness of our Lord rests within you. Know our Lord avails His gift of Life to you, His humble holy child through every breath God grants you. May you go forth this very hour knowing our Lord is with you, now & until the hour of your death. AMEN.
-Father Michael Briese