A New Covenant
Jeremiah, one of the most prominent prophets of the Old Testament proclaims to the Israelites a new covenant with God in our First Reading
this Sunday. This is concerning news for them as they, in their practice of Judaism, believed the covenant they had with God throughout their history would be one that would guide their life forever. But here in the words of Jeremiah, one considered by them to be a wise prophet, God was announcing the coming of a new covenant unlike the one he had made with their fathers in faith when he led them out of Egypt.
This covenant would be different:
“I will place my law within them and write it upon their hearts; I will be their God and they shall be my people. No longer will they have the need to teach their friends and relatives how to know their Lord. All, from the least to greatest, shall know me, says the Lord, for I will forgive their evildoing and remember their sin no more.” Powerful words! God will once and for all forgive his people and remember their sin no more! Today as we read this we know that God did that by offering his own Son to save us. Our debt for the sin we commit was paid in one extreme act of love; the death of Jesus on the Cross and his Resurrection from the dead. In that one extreme act of love, Jesus overcomes the power of sin and death restoring our relationship with God and presents all who know him eternal life.
What does that mean to you? How is it that we should be loved in such a way? Do you feel the love of God within you? If not, what is preventing your acceptance of this great gift?
We must believe in Jesus Christ, for in him we are saved. His death and resurrection is true gift freely given by God a gift we dare not squander. We need only to open our hearts and accept the gift; our eternal life depends on it. This Reading from Jeremiah begins with the words, “The days are coming,” for Jeremiah was speaking long before Christ. For us, the day arrived more than two thousand years ago. We are people whose hearts are engraved with the law of God, for he has written on our hearts that we belong to him. The Catechism of the Catholic Church begins with these beautiful words:“The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw man to himself.” CCC 27 How beautiful these words are to the faithful; so filled with promise and hope! May you find comfort and strength in knowing that God wrote upon your heart a desire to be one with him.
With reverence and awe,