Mission…

“But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God and they shall be my people.” (Jeremiah 31:33)

I have a Bible on CD-ROM which allows me to search for words or phrases. Once I looked up the phrase, “and I will be their God.” I was amazed at how many times it occurs in Scripture.[1] It testifies to the deep longing of God’s heart to be in covenant with his people.

The Old Testament readings of the first few Sundays of Lent give us an overview of God’s covenant plan for fallen humanity. With Noah we marvel at the rainbow that signifies God’s commitment to a covenant relationship with his children. With Abraham we rejoice at God’s promise that it will be an everlasting covenant. With Moses we receive the commandments of God, etching his laws on our hearts as he etched them on the tablets for Moses.

God’s promises to Noah, Abraham and Moses culminate in Christ. It pleased God to enter into a New Covenant with his children by sending his only begotten Son to the earth to seal the “new and everlasting covenant” in his blood. The generations that have followed Christ have entered into this covenant relationship with him through the sacrament of baptism. We renew this covenant each time we celebrate the Eucharist. This covenant relationship demands a response. It is a call to discipleship.

Recently I watched a YouTube video[2] of Marino Restrepo speaking on our calling as a Eucharistic people. If you have not heard of Marino Restrepo, or heard any of his talks, you are missing something! I encourage you to search his talks on YouTube. Marino was a worldly person, very far from God. He lived in California and was involved in a great many practices that were offensive to God. One Christmas when he went home to Colombia for a family visit, he was kidnapped by rebels. He spent months in the jungle, and at his lowest point, God revealed himself to him, illuminated his conscience, and called him to conversion. Now Marino speaks all over the world about his experiences and has been given remarkable insights into our times, and what we are called to as Catholic Christians.

In the video I watched recently Marino explained that the highest calling of a Catholic is to be a Eucharistic warrior, to feed humanity through frequent reception of the Eucharist and through adoration. Merely receiving the Eucharist or adoring Christ in the tabernacle increases the love of Christ in the world and enhances the grace of humanity. I once felt the Lord give me this prayer for after Communion: “Your Body in my body, your Blood in my veins, your love in my heart.” If we “do” nothing else in our entire lives but receive the Eucharist daily, we are, like Mary, “choosing the better part.” We are enabling the unseen power of Christ to act through us. As Marino puts it: we are “armed and dangerous”.

This, of course, does not sit well with the enemy. He creates all manner of diversions, distractions, and entertainments to draw us away from our Eucharistic mission. He knows that each Communion received is a vast defeat for him.

How important it is to remain focused on our mission, to reflect on our covenant relationship with God in the Eucharist so that we will be his people and he will be our God. That is God’s promise to all his children: deeper union, a blending of the wills, a sharing in his power—the power of perfect love.


From my other blog: https://pelianitoblog.wordpress.com/

1 John 4:4 You belong to God, children, and you have conquered them, for the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

“Beloved child, it is a great mystery that the Lord of Life makes his home in mere creatures. The angels are in awe of this, yet few of my children even acknowledge it. Your God lives in you my child! Ponder this. You who receive me in the Bread of Life have a greater responsibility not to take my presence within you for granted. The world is desperately in need of my presence. If those in whom I dwell do not carry my love to others, who will do it? If my light does not shine through you, then the darkness will be that much deeper. So I call you, dear children, not to let the presence of Christ within you be muffled or dimmed. Remove everything that obstructs the view so that all who see you will see Christ. I do not tell you this in a cerebral sense or in a superficial sense, but I want you to live this in every moment. Now more than ever before I want you, my children, to live my presence in the world.”

Jesus, Lord of light and love, I repent for all the times I have failed to live your presence in the world. In your mercy remove from me all that muffles or dims your presence. May your light shine in us for all to see and may souls be drawn to the light. May your kingdom come and your will be done. Amen.

[1] (*Gen 17:8; Ez 11:20, 14:11, 37:23, 37:27; Zech 8:8; Jer 24:7, 31:33, 32:38; Heb 8:10; 2 Cor 6:16)

[2]  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTmjf2P1Sjo&feature=related

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