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CAC BAI DOC GIA GOI TOI - FAITH REFLECTION PDF Print E-mail

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Father Raymond Finch
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"For God so loved the world"

"For 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."​

John 3:16-18
Dear Deacon Nguyen,

"For God so loved the world" just about sums it up.
John 3:16 is a homily unto itself about love. It is considered by some to be the greatest verse in the greatest chapter of the greatest book about the greatest love of the greatest person for the greatest number of people.

Our Heavenly Father sent us His only Son, who came to give us life and then gave up His.

Indescribable love.

While working in Huancané in the Altiplano of Peru I met Juan, one of the Aymara catechists. He was a lot older than I. We spoke of a priest from years before who was the first Maryknoller to work in his parish. Juan had many fond memories of this priest, but one in particular stood out. The Father was the first ever non-Aymara to greet him and—scandalous—even shake his hand! Juan felt that this Maryknoller was the first "important person" to treat him as a human being. What a great way for a missioner to be remembered by the people he served!

Prayer for the Most Holy Trinity​

O God, how good it is to acknowledge You as Father and Son and Holy Spirit, as our Tradition so wisely exhorts us. So much so that we have internalized these manifestations of your infinite Godhead and say them so readily. Today's Gospel so clearly states the basis for our faith and our life in this world, that we are manifestations of the love that binds You as one. Don't mind me if I cannot explain this to anyone else, but do call me to task if I fail to respect those around me as different as they may be as manifestations of Your love too. In the name of Jesus and the Spirit that lives in us through them.

Amen.

~ Father John P. Martin, M.M.
Dinh, where is God's presence in your life? Each kindness we show, each hand we shake, each act of love reflects Christ within us. That Maryknoller left a legacy—simple though it was—but one which lived on in the catechist, who then paid it forward. How reassuring that we do not have to earn God's love—He gave it freely and in the form of a Savior—and that the key to salvation is belief. But then we must be inclusive with this great gift, because everyone is eligible to access the author and foundation of our faith.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Raymond J. Finch, M.M.

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