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The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity (2020)



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. Jn 3:16-18


Motto: “Might not perish.” – Can we lose our lives at all? According to Genki Kawamura, “to get something you have to lose something … but people don’t want to lose anything when they get something.” According to this quote life seems to be some sort of give and take exchange. The devil offers this kind of “deals”; he does not offer eternal life, only one day; one day for one thing. For something that is important to you! Would you for example be willing to give up the panda bears for one day prolongation of our civilization? Let’s assume for a moment that Kawamura’s offer is trustworthy.

Here are two questions: Is there anything you desperately want, something that cannot be bought? The prophets of the market economy say that anything can be acquired given one is willing to pay the price. Let’s forget about the concept of money; there might or might not be money. Let’s assume money is done away with once and for all. Therefore, if you desire something you have to exchange it for something else like on the black market after the war. And what not was offered for one package of American cigarettes! A Steinway piano for a bag of potatoes. A fur coat for a few apples. What would you offer for your life? Most likely everything. But what is this ‘everything’?

What we would like to obtain is eternal life. And here is the surprise offer: we get that for free of charge. As a matter of fact, somebody else has paid instead of us. St. John tells us that it is the Son of God who paid for it. Let’s stop here for a moment! What is it that we are offering in return if we cannot and do not have to pay? At least we must go for the present and receive it, right? The Son of God won’t not force it upon us, will he? However, there is one thing we must give after all: faith. Sure enough, we also got that from Him. There truly is nothing to lose here.

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity  – 07.06.2020



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