June 18, 2011
The Most Holy Trinity - A
The Cost of God's Love
John 3: 16 is rather commonly seen and quoted. "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."
It would be incomplete and simplistic to take John 3:16 apart from the two preceding verses, "Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life." 
Now, we have the fullness of the revelation of God's love. God's love is not cheap. God loves us to the extent of giving up his only Son on the cross so that those who believe in him might not perish but might have eternal life.
There, the cost of God's love.
 Francis J. Moloney, S.D.B., The Gospel of John, Sacra Pagina series. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1998; p. 101.