Thursday, September 15, 2016

Covenant

Today's reflection on the Daily Texts:

I will make an everlasting covenant with them, never to draw back from doing good to them. – Jeremiah 32:40

Having been justified by the grace of Jesus Christ, we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. – Titus 3:7

Two-year reading texts: Psalm 107:10-16; 1 Samuel 5:1-7:1; Luke 24:28-35

In today's scriptures, I love the connection between Jeremiah's promise of a new covenant and the New Testament echoes of what Jesus pronounced as the new covenant in his blood. In Luke 24, the risen Jesus breaks bread with his disciples, and it's in that act that they finally figure out who it is who's been with them all along the road. Titus 3 uses the language of hope and inheritance to show that the covenant, although yet to be fulfilled, has already been made very real in our lives.

I think of small things that lead to incredibly important things. The sacraments of baptism and communion, where a little water, and a little bread and wine, together with the promise and faithfulness of God, lead to lives of holiness and community and purpose. The idea of covenant speaks to both who we are as children of God, and what we can expect as God raises us up. Like an acorn that becomes an oak tree, we children of God's covenant contain the DNA for much more, and we live in an environment where God provides what's needed for our context.

It's up to God, not me or any other human leader, to transform and give new life. God's covenant in Christ, is already at work in powerful ways. We're called to respond with a little faithfulness in small things, and to watch and listen for God's Spirit, in our lives and others', calling us on and bringing our growth. The covenant is everlasting, and it gives us hope.

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