From today’s Gospel, from St John: ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.

St Alcuin of York commented: ‘Truly through the Son of God shall the world have life; for no other cause came He into the world, except to save the world. God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him, and cleaves to Him as a member to the head, will not be condemned. He then gives the reason why he who believes not is condemned, that is, because he believes not in the name of the only begotten Son of God. For in this Name alone is there salvation. God has not many sons who can save; He by whom He saves is the Only Begotten.

Today, on this ‘Refreshment Sunday’, let us renew our trust in the love of God for each one of us individually, as though we were the only one … May Christ’s love and blessing rest upon you this day, and may He be very close to you.