Father, you formed man in your own image and entrusted the whole world to his care. . . .
And when through disobedience he had lost your friendship, you did not abandon him. . . .
Time and again you offered them covenants and . . . taught them to look forward to salvation.
What a testament to our Father’s unfailing love and commitment to us! These words, taken from the Fourth Eucharistic Prayer, tell us that from the very beginning God has been at work forming us into his own special people. They tell us that God wants to draw us close to him and teach us how to receive his life, his grace, and his love. And they tell us that one of the primary ways he does all this is by making a covenant with us.
As we begin this new year, and as we continue in this special Year of Faith, let’s take some time to explore this covenant love that God has for us. Rather than focusing on our obligation to keep every letter of God’s covenant, let’s focus instead on how God’s covenants have shown—and continue to show—how deeply…
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