Thursday, April 11, 2019
Today, in Mercy, our readings focus on the inviolable power of covenant.
The word “covenant” is derived from the Latin “convenire ”- to gather, to assemble, to fit.
We get the sense of an artist pulling together the pieces of a mosaic to form a masterpiece. Or we may think of a poet choosing the perfect words to convey feelings otherwise unwordable.
In our first reading, God fashions his covenant by weaving together the family lines descending from Abraham:
I will maintain my covenant with you
and your descendants after you
throughout the ages as an everlasting pact,
to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.
Jesus deepens the Abrahamic promise by revealing that he is the Son of God sent to fulfill the ancient promise:
Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you,
before Abraham came to be, I AM.”
These promises are passed on to us in many ways. Today’s reading might remind us of the role our families have played in transmitting the faith to us. They, together with our early teachers, opened our hearts to the amazing possibilities of grace.
I pray in thanksgiving today for my parents and all the generations who formed them. I pray for the good Sisters who modeled a captivating holiness to me. I pray for my beloved Mercy family as they continue to show me the face of God.
For whom would you offer a grateful prayer today? You might simply say their names in your prayer, or write their names in your own mosaic of thanksgiving. Or just listen to this music and let them bless your heart today.
Music: By Faith – Keith & Kristyn Getty