The readings today suggest we focus on the covenant theme—God’s covenant with his people and humanity’s violations of it. In the selection from Ezekiel, we read that despite infidelity by his people, God keeps his promise of pardon and redemption. …I will re-establish my covenant with you, that you may know that I am the Lord, that you may remember and be covered with confusion, and that you may be utterly silenced for shame [sorrow] when I pardon you for all you have done,… (Ezekiel 16:62-63). In the gospel, Jesus teaches the need for faithfulness to the marriage covenant, a promise that reflects the eternal love of God. …What God has joined together man must not separate.” (Matthew 19:6b) Both selections proclaim truths that are often difficult to accept.
Many among us know the solemn promise of marital fidelity or vowed religious commitment. And, how often, in moments of grace, have we made a promise to God to transform our lives? Is not our loving and being loved an expression of God’s covenant relationship with us? Throughout history, God’s provident love and guidance have been secured for us through covenants he made with Noah, Abraham, Moses, and prophets of old. Christ, the promised messiah, established a new, definitive, and eternal covenant through his sacrificial death and resurrection. (cf. CCC, 56, 62, 66)
On the night before Christ died, he sealed his covenant with humanity with the gift of himself in the Eucharist. …He took the bread, blessed it, and gave it to them [and us] saying, “This is my body which will be given for you; do this in memory of me.” And likewise, the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood which will be shed for you” (Luke 22:19-20).
Spend time today thanking God for the times we have known his sacrificial love!
Let Us Pray:
How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good he has done for me? The cup of salvation I will take up, and I will call upon the name of the Lord. O Lord, I am your servant; you have loosed my bonds. To you will I offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and I will call upon the name of the Lord. Amen. (Psalm 116:11, 12-13 – from Responsorial Psalm from Proper for Saint Maximilian Kolbe)
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