This weekend is Saturday the 14th and Sunday the 15th of June, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, beginning the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time.

Crossbeam sing, “Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens.… I will find my strength in the shadow of your wings.”

The word that comes to mind when looking back at the reflections of the past week is love:  God’s unconditional love for humanity, the love that we as human beings must have for one another, the love a parent must have for their child.  These reflections also invited us to see love as that which opens our hearts to others; and enables us to embrace others in the same way that God embraces humanity without judging.

We celebrate today the solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity.  It is a celebration of the unconditional love that God has for humanity, which God manifests as the creating love (which is God the Father), the saving love (which is God the Son), and the sanctifying love (which is God the Holy Spirit).  God therefore is love, and whoever lives in God lives in love and continues to manifest God’s love to other people.  The Trinity is a perfect example for us of how love enables us to open up our hearts to others in order to bring them closer to God and that they might have new life in God.  It is this love that we hear about in today’s reading from the Gospel of John.

God loves us so that we may have eternal life.  But this love is not forced on to us; it is freely given.  Imagine this love of God being given to you now.

Is there anything in my life that is stopping me from receiving this unconditional love of God?

As you listen to this reading again notice that these are the words of Jesus.  He is here not to condemn you but to invite you to accept God’s love so that you can have eternal life.

I speak to God now about this invitation.  I ask for the grace that I need to be able to recognise and accept this God who is the creating love, the saving love and the sanctifying love.  I also ask that I may be freed from all the things that block me from living in this love manifested in the Trinity today.