It is 22 March 2018. The readings are Genesis 17:3-9; and the Gospel from John 8:51-59. The Word of God changes not only the way we relate with one another and the way we are right within ourselves. God’s Word brings fruitfulness and blessings when it is received and practised. God does not forget God’s promises no matter however we are far from God. God keeps God’s Word for generation after generation. In the first reading, God prepares the mind of the father of Faith, Abraham. Before entrusting with the Word through a covenant, God establishes a new identity, to assure God’s guidance and presence in the life of person whose name is changed. In the first reading, God changes the name of Abram to establish a covenant so personal and consistent for perpetuity God would accompany them. “You on your part shall maintain my Covenant, yourselves and your descendants after you, generation after generation.” (Gen. 17:9). The responsorial Psalm praises, “The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.” (Ps.104:8). The Gospel teaches us that Jesus is greater than the oldest ancestor Abraham. Jesus is the promise fulfilled. By asserting Jesus was there much before Abraham to make us believe that Jesus is not only the Messiah, the Eternal Word of the Father but God himself. It is by accepting the Word, we can become faithful. Our faithfulness to the Word of God is the prerequisite to enjoy the blessings of the covenant of love for which Jesus sacrificed His life for the remission of sins. Unless we are familiar with the Word, we will not be able to know the plan and will of the Father. The Words of Jesus is greater than the Law. God’s Word would never undergo death because it life-giving and everlasting. The outrageous claim of Jesus about His Word and His presence before Abraham was to show the closeness with the Father. Jesus is the I AM whose name was given to Moses when he wanted to face the Egyptian king. How much prominent is the Word of Jesus in our lives? Do we still believe in the promises in the Word of God? May God bless us to accept God’s invitation to accommodate His Word in the person of Jesus. May you have a good day.

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