"Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will conclude a new covenant,” Hebrews 8:8.
The entire corpus of the Scriptures presents to us a great vision which is at the same time a fundamental reality, an encompassing biblical principle and intimate revelation.
As we say Old Testament and New Testament, we could equally say Old Covenant and New Covenant. The Bible is about the Covenant!Our life is about the Covenant.
The infinite Being, who is beyond our understanding, God who is love, created us, man, mankind, men and women united, made in His image, to live bonded to Him, in relationship with Him, as Parent, Father, and we His children, all bonded with one another in Him. A beautiful network of inter-relationship, with Him as the source from which we came and to which we return. God’s family of families. This is foundational truth that ought always to be at the center of our personal lives. The principles of the covenant ought to direct our thinking and what all the human family does.
What if it did? Imagine what the world would be?
In Genesis, we are taught that God established His Covenant with our first parents so they would be stewards, co-creators with Him. They broke the covenant and so history, Salvation History, is a long tale of our infidelity and God’s calling us back.
The Old Testament is about a series of covenants which God’s people did not keep … Jeremiah prophesied, as we have just heard, that at last a New Covenant will be written on the heart. “I will be their God and they shall be my people.” The Letter to Hebrews was written so that Jews would understand that in Jesus, this New Covenant, is here. As the 12 tribes of Israel were pillars of the Old Covenant, Jesus chooses 12 apostles, pillars of the New Covenant.
All of humanity is indeed bonded together in God in some way whether one recognizes it or not!
Christ calls all to the New and Eternal Covenant family. Will humanity understand? Imagine what the world would become if we did.
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About Father Jim Phalan, C.S.C.
Father James Phalan, C.S.C., is a Catholic priest, member of the Congregation of Holy Cross and the National Director of Family Rosary. He served as a missionary for many years travelling the globe to help people come to Jesus through Mary as part of the Family Rosary team. Now he is happy to be serving back at home in the USA!