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Meditation: Genesis 17:3-9

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Saint Francis of Paola, Hermit (Optional Memorial)

Entrance Antiphon

Christ is mediator of a New Covenant,
so that by means of his death, those who are called
may receive the promise of an eternal inheritance. Heb 9:15

Collect

O God, exaltation of the lowly,
who raised Saint Francis of Paola to the glory of your Saints,
grant, we pray, that by his merits and example
we may happily attain the rewards promised to the humble.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Genesis 17:3-9 (or 2 Kings 4:18b-21, 32-37)

When Abram prostrated himself, God spoke to him: “My covenant with you is this: you are to become the father of a host of nations. No longer shall you be called Abram; your name shall be Abraham, for I am making you the father of a host of nations. I will render you exceedingly fertile; I will make nations of you; kings shall stem from you. I will maintain my covenant with you and your descendants after you throughout the ages as an everlasting pact, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. I will give to you and to your descendants after you the land in which you are now staying, the whole land of Canaan, as a permanent possession; and I will be their God.”

God also said to Abraham: “On your part, you and your descendants after you must keep my covenant throughout the ages.”

Psalm 105 (or Psalm 17)

R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
Look to the Lord in his strength;
seek to serve him constantly.
Recall the wondrous deeds that he has wrought,
his portents, and the judgments he has uttered. R.
You descendants of Abraham, his servants,
sons of Jacob, his chosen ones!
He, the Lord, is our God;
throughout the earth his judgments prevail. R.
He remembers forever his covenant
which he made binding for a thousand generations—
Which he entered into with Abraham
and by his oath to Isaac. R.

Gospel Acclamation

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory!
If today you hear his voice,
harden not your hearts. Ps 95:8
OR
I am the resurrection and the life, says the Lord;
whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live. Jn 11:25a, 26
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory!

John 8:51-59 (or John 11:1-45)

Jesus said to the Jews: “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.” So the Jews said to him, “Now we are sure that you are possessed. Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say, ‘Whoever keeps my word will never taste death.’ Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? Or the prophets, who died? Who do you make yourself out to be?” Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is worth nothing; but it is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’ You do not know him, but I know him. And if I should say that I do not know him, I would be like you a liar. But I do know him and I keep his word. Abraham your father rejoiced to see my day; he saw it and was glad.” So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old and you have seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham came to be, I AM.” So they picked up stones to throw at him; but Jesus hid and went out of the temple area.

Prayer over the Offerings

Look with favor, Lord, we pray,
on these sacrificial offerings,
that they may profit our conversion
and the salvation of all the world.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Communion Antiphon

God did not spare his own Son, but handed him over for us all;
with him, he has given us all things. Rom 8:32

Prayer after Communion

Nourished by your saving gifts,
we beseech your mercy, Lord,
that by this same Sacrament,
with which you feed us in the present age,
you may make us partakers of life eternal.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Today's Meditation: Genesis 17:3-9

I will maintain my covenant with you. (Genesis 17:7)

Look at how many times we hear the word “I” in this passage. “I am making you. . . . I will render you. . . . I will make nations of you. . . . I will maintain my covenant with you. . . . I will give to you. . . . I will be their God” (Genesis 17:5, 6, 7, 8). Isn’t it amazing that all of these “I” statements are promises God made to Abraham and his descendants? Isn’t it even more amazing that in Christ, we too are now heirs of these promises?

Still, Abraham and Sarah sometimes doubted that God would come through with these promises. How could they have a child in their old age? How would this child make Abraham the father of many nations? It didn’t help either that the promises didn’t come true overnight. So after many years of waiting, Sarah and Abraham tried to force God’s hand by having Abraham father a child with Hagar, Sarah’s maid (Genesis 16:1-4). You would think that such an act of mistrust would disqualify them. But that’s not what happened. God still remained faithful to his promise and gave them a son, Isaac.

Like Abraham and Sarah, we can struggle to trust in God’s promises. Difficulties and delays can cause us to wonder if God has forgotten us. We may even try to take matters into our own hands. And yet, God does not withdraw his covenant. Just as he remained faithful to Abraham and Sarah and just as he remained faithful to the Israelites despite the many times they turned from him, so too will he remain faithful to us.

On the cross, Jesus forged a new covenant with us; he has promised to save us from sin and death and to be with us always. These are solid promises that we can rely on, no matter what else is going on in our lives.

God’s covenant is forever. It was his initiative, and he has pledged to uphold it. As he promised to Abraham, he will always maintain his covenant with us (Genesis 17:7). Let’s give thanks to the Lord for his faithfulness. Let’s continue to trust in his word and strive to remain faithful to him. Let’s believe in our hearts that he is our God and that he will always keep his word to us.

“Thank you, Lord, that your faithfulness lasts forever!”

Psalm 105:4-9
John 8:51-59

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