“Dear brothers and sisters, let us renew the promise of our Baptism: let us renounce Satan and all his works and seductions – for he is a seducer – in order to follow the path of God and arrive at Easter in the joy of the Spirit” (Diane M. Houdek, The Hope of Lent: Daily Reflections from Pope Francis).
We began the season of Lent by hearing that Lent is a desert and "One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4). During our journey we were encouraged to reject worldly ways that bring on blindness, accept the heaviness of carrying our cross, and allow the Word of God to direct our mindsand hearts. As our faith has increased we now experience “seeing Jesus as he is" (1 John 3:2), and seeing God “face to face” (Cor. 13:12).
Our Blessed Virgin Mother's "yes" at the Annunciation, her response, “I am the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done to me according to your word” established a new covenant. The old covenant was broken by Adam and Eve. Jesus Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary thus became the new Adam and Eve for the human race.
God said “I will establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all creatures be destroyed by the waters of a flood; there shall not be another flood to devastate the earth. I will set my bow (rainbow) in the clouds to serve as a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth, and the bow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between God and every living creature – every mortal being that is on the earth” (Gen. 9:11, 13-15). “The Lord remembers His covenant forever” (Ps.105:8).
On Holy Thursday at the Last Supper Jesus Christ said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me” (1 Cor. 11:25). Jesus sealed the new covenant with his Blood, and all who died for our faith have served as witnesses in honoring the new covenant. Each of us should celebrate Mass often as we can to show our commitment in fulfilling the covenant as disciples of Jesus Christ.
As we all renewed our baptismal promise at Easter Mass may we recognize the fullness of our baptismal promise; may we be aware that we are now commissioned to go forth and share the Good News - that God is love – “We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19).“May we help others to learn of His covenant and live it faithfully and joyfully. May we live our part in God’s new covenant (Jer. 31:31-34).
As his disciples may we give thanks for our gift of life by praying the St. Ignatius of Loyola Prayer: “Take, Lord and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding and my entire will, all I have and call my own. You have given all to me. To you, Lord, I return it. Everything is yours; do with it what you will. That is enough for me.”
“All-powerful God, you are near to us when we pray. Enliven us with your Spirit, the fire of your love. Through our baptism we share in the life of your Son, Jesus Christ. Sustain your life within us by drawing us often to eat his Body and drink his Blood in the new and everlasting covenant that gives us eternal life. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen” (Fr. Brad Metz, C.S.C.).