A Forever Promise
“I will place my law within them and write it upon their hearts. I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” Jeremiah 31.33
These beautiful words are taken from the First Reading on this Fifth Sunday of Lent. As the season of Lent continues to unfold and we continue our task of examining our lives and turning our heart again toward God we are blessed with a covenant given to us by God; that he would be our God and we would be his people. This sounds familiar to us for this same covenant was first proposed by God to Abraham and the Israelites who too often forgot it as they journeyed through life. Now Jeremiah speaks of how this covenant offered by God would be more than the one given to the Israelites; for God would write this covenant upon our hearts; it would become a part of us. That is why through faith in Jesus Christ we long to be one with God; it is a part of who we are, by God’s design.
How can we not be thankful? How can we not rejoice at the thought that God is there for us always? And how can we not strive to live as Christians, taught by the Son of God, in a way that would bring joy and peace to God and those with whom we share life? For sure, we struggle in life to avoid sin, for the world in which we live serves to tempt us with desire for worldly things; those which will not last. What will last is what God promised: “I will be your God, and you shall be my people.” Those are the words that bring everlasting life!
You might ask; does that mean it is sinful to want for things or to have things of this world? No, wanting to be successful, desiring material things is not in itself sinful. However, we can fall to sin if we are not careful of how we acquire them or by what means or for what purpose. We must remain vigilant in our attempt to live as Jesus taught us; to love one another, to care for the poor and
vulnerable, to respect all life as sacred and above all, to love God with our whole being. In this we do our part to bring others to Jesus Christ that they too, might come to rejoice in the forever promise; that God is our God and we are his people. May your Lenten journey challenge you to live by the law that God has written on your heart.
Have a wonderful week!