Living out our Covenant

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Living out our Covenant

Living out our Covenant

“Merciful and gracious is the Lord”

(Psalm 103:8a)

March 3

Today’s readings: Ex 3:1-15; Ps 103:1-11; 1 Cor 10:1-12; Luke 13:1-9

Today we have some very practical guidelines for living out our covenant.

But first, we must realize that even as God has blessed us and used us as LCSC, we cannot be overconfident about being overly secure in our place in relation to God and His purposes in the world. The chosen people of God, the Israelites, were liberated from bondage, guided by the cloud, passed through the parted Red Sea. They prefigured the Christian experience of partaking of spiritual food and drink, realities that pertain to our new covenant. Yet all those awesome experiences and privileges did not guarantee securing God’s permanent pleasure (1 Cor 10:1-5). We in parish service have been used powerfully by God in the past. But that does not mean we can no longer lose favor with God. “Therefore whoever thinks he is standing secure should take care not to fall.” (1 Cor 10:12). We must continue to strive to be faithful to our covenant.

Our lesson then for today: “These things happened as examples for us, so that we might not desire evil things, as they did. ….. These things happened to them as an example, and they have been written down as a warning to us” (1 Cor 10:6,11). The Israelites had everything, but then they lost everything. For that not to happen to us, we must not desire evil things.

  • Do not become idolaters (1 Cor 10:7). Only God should guide and rule our lives. Do not allow money, power, career, fame, position, perquisites, etc., to dictate on how we live and serve.
  • Do not indulge in immorality (1 Cor 10:8). We must strive to be 100% pure, to be holy as God is holy. Do not dishonor God and our covenant by not striving to live up to God’s moral standards.
  • Do not test Christ (1 Cor 10:9). God deals patiently with our unfaithfulness. But God will not be mocked forever. Repent of sin and return to Him right away. Be thankful for the many blessings we enjoy. Do not complain against or demand things from the Lord. Be humble and be still before Him. Go and bear fruit for the kingdom.
  • Do not grumble (1 Cor 10:10). There will be difficulties, pain and crosses in life. This is because of our sin and the sin of others that affect us. Never grumble against God, who is ever faithful and true. Do not grumble too against the parish priest, as the parish is the environment of support and blessing that God has given us. Do not grumble against parish leaders, who may be trying their best to serve, and knowing that we all fall short and that this wonderful work of God actually happens in spite of us all. Do not be rebellious whenever you disagree with leaders. Do not speak against or slander other brethren.

Our covenant is God’s wonderful gift to us. His laws guide us so we can remain faithful. Everything from God is an expression of His love. If we are faithful, then we can expect pardon, healing, deliverance, love, compassion, good things, renewal, justice, mighty deeds, mercy, grace, kindness (Ps 103:1-10).

This then is our assurance: “As the heavens tower over the earth, so God’s love towers over the faithful.” (Ps 103:11).

Reflection/action: Consider the ways you have done evil things—idolatry, immorality, testing God, grumbling. Heed too God’s warning against complacency or overconfidence in our Christian walk and service.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for blessing us over the years. We are awed at the privilege you grant us to do your work. But we know that we still fall short in many ways, sometimes seriously. We have our infidelities to our covenant. Please keep us secure in your love and care. Please keep us on the straight and narrow path of holiness. Please grant us the grace to be faithful to our covenant. May your love always cover us and shield us amidst the storms of life. Amen.

God bless you.

 

Frank Padilla

LCSC Moderator

 

“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Phil 1:21)

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