(Part 119)


March 22, 2015

Today’s reading:  Jeremiah 31:31-34

We are the people of the New Covenant. Christians are the new Israel. God promised to those who would profess their faith in Jesus: “I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” (v.33c).

Tragically, just as Israel broke the covenant and turned away from God, Christians today have done likewise. Most Christians today are nominal, secularized, worldly, inactive in their faith, and even antagonistic to the faith. God had fulfilled His part of the covenant. “I will place my law within them, and write it upon their hearts” (v.33b). But we have been unfaithful and have become hard-hearted.

And so there is the Church’s call to the New Evangelization. While God’s intent was that “they will no longer teach their friends and relatives, ‘Know the Lord!’” (v.34a), today there is a dire need for Catholics to once again meet and know Christ. They need to enter into a deep, intimate, personal relationship with Jesus.

There is still time. There is still hope. We can still turn away from sin and turn back to God and return to the Church. But for this to happen, the gospel will have to be proclaimed anew. And in a massive way, to reach all, down to the peripheries. This is the purpose of the Live Christ, Share Christ movement.

Then God’s intent can come to pass. “Everyone, from least to greatest, shall know me—oracle of the Lord—for I will forgive their iniquity and no longer remember their sin.” (v.34b).

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