Reflecting on 21 Centuries of Faith

Behold I Make All Things New (Rev. 21:5a)

This selection from the second reading from St. John’s Book of Revelation (note not revelations) and is the word our Lord speaks to us each and every day. And this is an important word.  Isn’t this what we long to do – to start our life over each day? What a grace that our Lord gives us each and every day. He hits reset with the rising and the setting of the sun.  Each day is filled with the grace to strengthen us for the tasks of that particular day.  St. Matthew expresses this well in his Gospel:

So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’ All these things the pagans seek. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God)and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides. Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil. [Emphasis my own] Matthew 6:31-34

Most of all, this verse reflects what we have believed from antiquity; that with the washing of the sacramental waters of baptism we are a new creation:

So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are.  (1John 3:1)

The Father desires His children to not just believe that we are a new creation but to experience and live it.

How are you living this supernatural grace of Baptism?

Oh, pray for me and my relay team…we are running in the Pittsburgh marathon. My son Nicholas is running on the “other” team but pray for him to.

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