Thursday of the Fifth Week
Throughout today’s readings is the message “I am here for you.” What we hear about is how God has committed Himself to a covenant of love with His people. He promises us His presence, and unlike our earthly promises which can, in our humanness, fall short, we can trust Him completely. He says, “I will be their God.” The “their” that is referred to is us. He will be our God. He is here. Sometimes we get the feeling that God’s covenant demands that we live our lives in a certain way, and that if we fall off the track, then we are no longer lovingly held and supported by Him, alive in this covenant. This is not the case. God is not an authoritarian; this is a covenant of love. What He asks is that we hear His word and try our best to live, cherishing and giving His love. So what should we do? Trust in it. Love. Live. Give.
God, thank You for creating this world and for making and following through with Your never-ending promise to be present. Help us to follow through with our promises and help us each and every day to connect with You and Your love.
Jennifer Lockfort, ‘13
First Reading: Genesis 17:3-9
Gospel: John 8:51-59
Daily Scripture readings can be found online at the USCCB website