TrinA. Exodus 34:4b-6, 8-9. Our God is, at one and the same time, all-powerful and all-loving and kind. With Moses we too bow down to the ground and worship him. As he took the Hebrew people as his own and went along in their company, so he does with us. How good it is to have the God who is love as our God!
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.” “In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him. In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he has loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:10) We are God’s creatures, created by him to be loved by him and by receiving his love, to becoming loving as he is loving. However at times, all too often, we become self-centered, loving ourselves as though what has been given to us is ours by our very nature and is not God-given, in other words, I choose to believe it is I who makes me good and not God. We can so easily say to ourselves ‘look at me, at what I have done on my own, independent of any source outside of me.’ I can so readily deny that I am God-dependent but believe self-dependent and so I can think that love is not to be shared but to be horded. The truth is, on the other hand, that God loves me so that I might bring his love to others. “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another.” (1 John 4:11) To believe in God means to have a pervading consciousness of being God-dependent. Not to believe in God means to think that I, of and in myself apart from God, have everything I need. In others words the crucifixion was to no effect for me because I see myself as totally self-sufficient. I have condemned myself for my lack of belief in God as the source of my goodness and all goodness. “We love because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:18)
2 Corinthians 13:11-13. Paul blesses the Corinthians calling upon them to live in the presence of the Trinity: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.” He tells them to make their community like a home that God is proud to live in and feel at home in. “Mend your ways, encourage one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.”