2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23
1. “The God of their fathers[sent]his messengers to them, for he had compassion on his people.”Does God send messengers now? What about to you personally? Does God send messengers “early and often”? Can you give an example? What can you do to “open your door wider” so that all the messengers can get in?2. “But they mocked the messengers of God” Can you name some people who have been rejected because of the messages they delivered?
1. In Diary of a Country Priest, author George Bernanos makes this statement: “Grace is everywhere.” Can this be true? Discuss.2. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God.” Would you define grace as God’s own life? Describe three places where “the immeasurable riches of his grace” are at work in the world or in your life today.
1. “For God so loved the world that he sent his only Son … ” So what is your job? Are you one who will tell the world about this love? Name some ways (other than preaching) that you can do this. Might you run into difficulties at times? Is it true that you are not alone and that you will always receive the grace you need?2. Nicodemus had been searching quietly for God in his life. Jesus said to him, “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” According to Pope Francis, Jesus told Nicodemus that God was seeking Nicodemus first, loving him first and waiting for him to return love? Does that hold true for us too?
Today’s Gospel “sets the stage” for Nicodemus, who, while playing an important role in the religious and civil community of the time, has not ceased seeking God. He did not think: “I have arrived”; he did not cease seeking God ... In the nighttime dialogue with the Nazarene, Nicodemus finally understood that he had already been sought and awaited by God, that he was personally loved by Him. God always seeks us first, awaits us first, loves us first. … In fact Jesus speaks to him in this way: “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” (Jn 3:16).
Angelus, Saint Peter's Square
Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
Sunday 11 June 2017