“I can’t breathe”, the last words of George Floyd, before he was allegedly crushed to death at his neck under the weight of a police officer, could be resounding in your ears. It caused shock waves all over the United States and beyond. Violent demonstrations and riots erupted as a consequence. Would you say the protocols and law enforcement could be better managed?! In fact, the issue is much deeper than law and order. All the protest and violence indicate that the mystery of love is lacking or missing between some people. Without love there is no life, only hopelessness and destruction. Love does not cause frustration, or a sense of hopelessness, or destruction. You cannot adequately explain the mystery of love, it has to be experienced. You as parents know the beauty of love as you are intimately connected with your child. You spent time with your child. You make sacrifices for the child without any complaint; in fact you do it joyfully. Having a child or a parent or a spouse to love brings joy, peace and a sense of purpose in your life.
The best of goodness is the ability to give and receive love. The fruits of love are peace and joy. Love is creative. It helps you to have life and have it to the full. The Bible reveals that God is the perfection of love.
Jesus always spoke about his intimacy with the Father. “I am in the Father and the Father is in Me” (Jn 14:10). In a most unprecedented way, Jesus addressed God as “Father” when he taught his disciples how to pray (Ref Mt 6:9-13). Jesus has revealed to us that God is a loving Father. So with confidence we call God our Father and long for his loving providence. “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (Jn 3:16).
Jesus also said, “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send you from the Father — the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father —He will testify about Me” (Jn 15:26). The Holy Spirit of God enables the disciples of Jesus to experience the love and service of God more deeply. The Advocate the resurrected Jesus sent us helps us appreciate the ultimate sacrifice and service of Jesus on the Cross as God’s unfathomable love for humanity.
God’s nature is the love between the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. We call it the Most Holy Trinity. It is a mystery, like any other love, to be experienced and progressively explored rather than a puzzle to be solved by human intellect.
God is love. Know God with your heart. This will bring you peace and joy like none other. You will be living your life fuller. That is the Kingdom of God. You don’t have to wait till after death to enter into the Kingdom of God. Enter the Kingdom of God here and now, and you will be able to continue the experience the Kingdom of God after your demise from the earth. The Most Holy Trinity reminds us that our God is not an eluding concept, but a dear experience.
~Fr Thomas Kurunthanam