Ex. 34: 4-6, 8-9 / Dan. 3: 52-56 / 2 Cor. 13: 11-13 / Jn. 3: 16-18
We often begin Mass with the prayer of today’s Epistle: “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. We praise the God who has revealed himself as a Trinity, a fellowship of people.
Communion with the Trinity is the goal of our worship and the goal of the history of salvation which begins in the Bible and continues in the Eucharist and the sacraments of the Church.
We see the beginnings of God’s self-revelation in today’s First Reading as he walks past Moses and calls out his holy name.
Israel had sinned by worshiping the golden calf (see Exodus 32). But God does not condemn them to perish. Instead, he proclaims his mercy and loyalty to his covenant.
God loved Israel as his firstborn son among the nations (see Exodus 4:22). Through Israel – heirs to his covenant with Abraham – God intended to reveal himself as the Father of all nations (see Genesis 22:18).
The memory of Abraham’s trial of God’s covenant, and Abraham’s staunch obedience, lies behind today’s gospel.
By ordering Abraham to offer his beloved only son (see Genesis 22: 2,12.16), God was preparing us for the fullest possible revelation of his love for the world.
As Abraham was willing to offer Isaac, God did not spare his own Son but delivered him for all of us (see Romans 8:32).
In this he revealed what was only partially revealed to Moses, that his goodness endured for a thousand generations, that he forgives our sins and brings us back as his own people (see Deuteronomy 4:20; 9:29).
This is the name we glorify in today’s Responsorial: the name of Our Lord, the God who is Love (see 1 John 4: 8, 16).