04-27-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

April 27, 2016
I rejoiced because they said to me,
“We will go up to the house of the LORD.”   Ps 122

For roughly 2000 years before the coming of Jesus, the Jewish people firmly kept a covenant promise that was made between God and their forefather Abraham.  In that Covenant, God promised that: Abraham would be blessed with many children, that those children would have a place to always call their home, and that through the Jewish people, the world would be blessed, or “saved,” as well.  On their part, the Jewish people, promised – that they would permanently mark their flesh as an eternal sign of remembrance.  That sign was – circumcision.

It was a Blood-Covenant between God and His special people.  And if an 8-day-old, male child, born into the Jewish race, were not circumcised, then according to God’s Word in Genesis 17:14, it says that, If a male is uncircumcised, that is, if the flesh of his foreskin has not been cut away, such a one will be cut off from his people; for he has broken my (God’s) covenant.”  You see, it was a very serious two-way Covenant.

And, so much so, that there was an account in the Book of Exodus (Ex 4:24-26) where Moses forgot to circumcise his own son, and was about to be killed by God, before his wife, Zipporah, realized their failure to keep God’s covenant, circumcised the boy, and saved the life of Moses.

So with that historical background, we can now understand why the strongly faithful, Jewish Pharisees, who professed to believe in Jesus, would object to the non-Jewish, Gentiles coming into the faith without being circumcised.  They believed in Jesus, but they  just, did not yet understand that Jesus offers to the world a whole NEW Covenant . . .  A covenant that is sealed, not in our blood, the blood of circumcision, but in His, the blood of His very life.

You see, Jesus was actually the fulfillment of the part of Abraham’s Covenant, that said that God would bless the whole world – through the Jewish people.  It is through Jesus, the Jewish Messiah, that we, the Gentiles have been saved.  Our part in God’s New covenant is simply fulfilled by believing in Jesus.

And yet believing in Jesus is not merely a one-time confession of faith.  Our belief in Jesus must go as far as, staying in constant touch with Him.  Jesus tells us that He is the vine and we are the branches.  Without our constant connection to Jesus – through the Sacraments, through the Scriptures, and through our contact with other people, Jesus tells us that we will simply wither and die.

We need constant connection!

Then, to make the non-necessity of circumcision even clearer, Jesus tells us how God’s new Covenant promise of Salvation was not made to gain us a worldly home here in the flesh, but it was made to offer us a heavenly home with God for eternity – forever!  That’s what the Resurrection of Jesus was meant to prove to us.

And that’s the promise of Hope that makes the world of difference  in our lives, and in the lives of all who believe in Jesus!

He IS the True Vine, the Bread of Life, our Redeemer, our Lord, and our Savior!

I rejoiced because they said to me,
“We will go up to the house of the LORD.”   Ps 122

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