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Four Signs That God’s Love is the Greatest

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son,

so that everyone who believes in Him may not perish but have eternal life.”

John 3:16

Dear Family in Christ,

On this Trinity Sunday, Holy Mother Church invites us to take a closer look at something we may have taken for granted: the Love of God. St. Thomas Aquinas breaks down this passage and points out 4 ways that prove God’s Love is the greatest:

  1. ‘First, from the person of the one loving, because it is God who loves, and immeasurably’: God is ‘that than which nothing greater can be conceived’(St. Anselm), and therefore, when He is the one loving, He does so in the greatest way. Further still, God is not simply the greatest lover- He is Love.

  2. ‘Secondly, from the condition of the one who is loved… man… existing in sin: God proves His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.’ God’s great love for us is proved even greater by our utter unworthiness of it.

  3. Thirdly, from the greatness of His gifts’: God’s love is proven by action, by that which He gives. In this case, He gives not merely something, but someone- namely, His Beloved Son, His only begotten, His greatest treasure. There was no gift more precious, nothing more costly, nothing more dear to the Father’s heart than His Son, whom He freely gave for the world- for you and for me.

  4. Fourthly, from the greatness of its fruit, because through Him we have eternal life’: God’s love produces within us the greatest outcome possible- not only does it save us from eternal damnation, but because of His love, you and I have eternal life freely offered to us. There is no greater effect than Heaven.

On this Trinity Sunday, may we know beyond all doubt that the Greatest Love in the world is ours- not because we deserve it, but out of sheer gift. It is ours to freely accept or reject. Insofar as is possible, may we never take God's great Love for granted again.

God Love You,

Father Corso

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