Today's first reading starts with a conditional phrase that's not really a condition at all. John says, "IF God so loved us..." It' s not a "how much" did God love us as a "thusly" did God love us. How? I looked at that in a different way this morning, and the Creed came to mind. The Apostles' Creed with its "I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth..." Prayed in the light of today's first reading, the Creed becomes a sort of litany of divine love.
God so loved us as to create heaven and earth; God so loved us as to be conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, to suffer under Pontius Pilate... You get it.
I am a little extra focused on this today because precisely today I found a couple of comments on a few YouTube videos I had posted that reflect a pitiful (and kind of nasty) inability to receive that love. An ignorant attempt to turn the words of the Scripture against Jesus. But how can anyone expect to interpret the words of Jesus without knowing Jesus, and so having the "key" to understanding him? All the more need, then, for the Church to guide the interpretation of the bible!!!