God’s Promises

A Word that Never Fails – First Reading for the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

A Word that Never Fails – First Reading for the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The promises of this passage are made to each of us. They are not automatic, though, and require a positive response on our part: “Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near.; let the wicked man forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts, let him return to the Lord that he may have mercy on him and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon”(Isaiah 55:6-7). Nevertheless, they are sure and certain and we should rest confidently in them. It is God who has willed our salvation. It is God who has willed our peace. It is God who has willed the abundance of grace. Not only has he willed it, He has spoken it and when God speaks, it happens.

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The Beauty of the Desert – First Reading of the Solemnity of Corpus Christi

The Beauty of the Desert – First Reading of the Solemnity of Corpus Christi

This Sunday we celebrated the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, otherwise known as the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. In the context of this feast we read this text in celebration of the fact that the fulfillment of God’s promises to the Israelites did not culminate with their entrance in the Promised Land, but have found their fullness in the body, blood, soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ who was offered up as the true Bread from Heaven, the bread that never perishes and through whom we have the hope of eternal life.

It is looking to this fulfillment that we come to know the depth of our Lord’s steadfast love and the abundance of his redemption, and we are able to trust that He who did not spare his own Son will not also not fail to give us everything else we need. (Rom 8:32).

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