DAILY HOLY MASS READINGS
Genesis 17:3-9, Psalm 105:1-9, John 8:51-59
Beloved, it takes two to make a covenant. You cannot make a covenant with yourself you need another. The first covenant was made between God with Adam and Eve which they destroyed through the sin of disobedience. But God's love is eternal and so He make another with the man He chose Abram whose name He changed to Abraham to signify his role in God's plan. He makes clear what He desires of Abraham and his descendants and what He in turn would do for them.
In obedience to God's command Abraham was to leave the old and familiar behind and go to where God waned him to - a new life a new place where he and his descendants would live. and He would be their only God while they would be His people. In turn Abraham and all the generations to follow would be true to their covenant with God.
My Beloved, time and time again we have turned away from God and He who is faithful always sought us and brought us back to Himself forgiving us over and over again and restoring what we lost. Verse 4 "Look to the Lord and be strong; seek his face always." We have Your Presence in Eucharistic adoration where we behold You face to face as did Adam and Eve, Abraham, Moses, the prophets and the Apostles. We are even more highly blessed because we have You always with us. The final Covenant is one that is eternal for it is sealed in Your precious Blood and cannot be revoked - God has ensured that it is so. We are blessed - thank You my Beloved.
My Beloved, the Jews to this day are unable to believe that the Eternal Word of God which was with Him and in Him for a brief movement in time and space became incarnate and made His home with us. Every Word You said about Yourself in these verses was divine revelation giving us from the mouth of God Himself your identity. Despite all the awesome miracles that only God can perform and which You did their minds were so closed they made it impossible for themselves to believe and they make it difficult for others to do so to.
Here are some truths of our faith which we have received directly from You in these verses:
- If anyone obeys My Word he will live eternally.
- My Father testifies on My behalf and I receive My glory from Him - the One you call God is My Father I know Him and I keep His Word.
- Before Abraham was I AM
Although they picked up stones to hurl at You they could not for You are God and they could not hurt a hair on Your head until the appointed time when You would give Yourself up into the hands of men to pay the price for which You came to pay in order to redeem the world.