Tuesday, February 11, 2014

God keeps faithfully His covenant of mercy

"Solomon said, “LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth below; you keep covenant and love toward your servants who walk before you with their whole heart."  (1 Kings 8: 23)

How happy I am to be reminded  that our Father keeps His covenant and love toward His servants.  His covenants are His solemn promises.  There is one covenant of God that is specially close to my heart:

"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides"  (Matthew 6: 33)
How do I understand this covenant?  If Jesus Christ comes first in my life; if He reigns over my family, health, job, finances, tools and toys, food and future; if I allow the Holy Spirit to produce in me the fruits of righteousness, then God will keep His covenant of mercy and love for me.  This is consoling and exciting.  I love Matthew 6;33 so much that I have this scripture verse pinned all over my apartment.  My Blog is named after this promise: Seekfirst.blogspot.com.  I own the domains:  Seekfirstweb.Com, Seekfirstweb.Net and Seekfirstweb.Org.  This shows how much I need to be reminded of this covenant promise.

In Sacred Scripture, every covenant has a sign.  The covenant of God with Abraham was sealed with circumcision. Circumcision is therefore the sign of the Old Covenant.  What is the sign of the New Covenant?  It is the  Eucharist.

"TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND EAT OF IT, FOR THIS IS MY BODY, WHICH WILL BE GIVEN UP FOR YOU.

TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND DRINK FROM IT, FOR THIS IS THE CHALICE OF MY BLOOD, THE BLOOD OF THE NEW AND ETERNAL COVENANT, WHICH WILL BE POURED OUT FOR YOU AND FOR MANY FOR THE FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS.  DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME."

The above words of consecration in Holy Mass affirms the Eucharist as the sign of the New Covenant.  Every single promise in Sacred Scripture is sealed in this Eucharistic sign.  The logic is simple.  If the Father can swear to His trustworthiness by giving us the Flesh and Blood of His Only Begotten Son, what can He not give us as well.

"What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?
He who did not spare his own Son but handed him over for us all, how will he not also give us everything else along with him?"  (Romans 8: 31 - 32)

What is the conclusion?  Seek first the Kingdom of God and His justice and you shall find everything you need for life and happiness.


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