THE SERVANT GENERAL
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
KNOW THE LORD!
Today’s reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34
God has done an awesome and mysterious thing - He has entered
into covenant with us. “I will be their God, and they
shall be my people.” (v.33c). The divine becomes intimately
connected with the human. The Spirit inhabits the flesh. The
hereafter becomes real in the here and now.
have our part to play. The covenant is bestowed unilaterally,
but is lived bilaterally. God expects His people to live according
to His ways. “I will place my law within them, and write
it upon their hearts.” (v.33b). God does not fall short
in instructing usthrough our interaction with Jesus in
prayer, through guidance and wisdom by the Holy Spirit, by
His word in the Bible, and by the instruction of Christ’s
body on earth, the Church.
most Catholics are far from God. Many do not know His law.
Those who do often transgress. “They broke my covenant,
though I was their master” (v.32c). Many do not realize
what a great thing God has done for us. Like our ancestors-in-faith,
God “took them by the hand to lead them out of the land
of Egypt.” (v.32b). God has led us out of darkness and
sin. God as Father has taken the hand of His children and
led them to salvation in Jesus and empowerment by the Holy
Catholics need to be re-evangelized. They need to hear the
gospel proclaimed anew. Then they need to be further formed
in the faith. They need to meet Christ, to live Christ, and
to share Christ. They need to know and be taught how to live
the covenant. Thus can they be brought back from darkness
into God’s marvelous light. “I will forgive their
iniquity and no longer remember their sin.” (v.34c).
They will be restored and renewed.
is the fullness of the call. When this happens, then we can
look to a renewed and vibrant Church. We can hope for the
ideal situation, as God intends: “They will no longer
teach their friends and relatives, ‘Know the Lord!’
Everyone, from least to greatest, shall know me” (v.34a-b).
us go about the work of New Evangelization with a passion,
so that everyone will know the Lord.
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