Tuesday, May 25, 2010

God So Loved the World

The Gospel I preached this morning is actually appointed for Monday of Whitsun Week, but inasmuch as we didn't have mass then, I preached it today: (St. John 3:16-21), which includes the well-known "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

My guess is that most people don't know that this passage doesn't mean to say that God loved the world so much that he gave his Son, but rather that God loved the world thus and so, that is, God loved the world in this way.

His love is tangible and physical. It is not merely a feeling in his heart, but the expression of his willingness to give us everything that was his, and hold nothing back, all for us and for our salvation. For in giving his Son, who is in his bosom, this is what he did for the world.

The sermon.


Anonymous said...

I love it! Most people miss the mark about why God sent His Son. I look forward to reading the sermon later this evening...Peace be with you.

Deacon Latif Haki Gaba, SSP said...

Beautifully and nicely done, Father.

I would just like to point out, FYI, that there are indeed propers for every day of the Pentecost octave. The Gospel for Whit-Tuesday is John 10 (first ten verses).