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By Gayle Somers, Catholic Exchange, June 2, 2023

Gayle Somers is a member of St. Thomas the Apostle parish in Phoenix and has been writing and leading parish Bible studies since 1996. …

Avatar photoOn this first Sunday after Pentecost, the Church calls us to remember the Most Holy Trinity.  Why is this perfect timing?

Gospel (Read Jn 3:16-18)

Today’s Gospel is different from any we have seen during the long seasons of Lent and Easter.  On Sunday after Sunday, the Gospels have reported actions of Jesus.  They have been passages full of conversations and events that moved His story along, culminating in His Ascension into Heaven and His promise to send the Holy Spirit.  Today, however, St. John gives us a kind of summary of this.  It is simple, but what a sweep it has!  Read the first verse carefully so as not to miss its impact through familiarity:  “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.”  If we understand the scope of this statement, we will know why it is perfectly fitting that today is Trinity Sunday.

“God so loved the world” inevitably takes us all the way back to Creation, where we first meet “God” and “the world.”  …

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