“On your part, you and your descendants after you must keep my covenant throughout the ages.” (First Reading) The days before the holiest week of the year are approaching and by now all of us are having to become increasingly aware of how we dealt with our promises and commitments of the present Lenten Season. Did we and how well did we keep our word and participated in the covenant we made with our heavenly father to walk with his son through the desert of life these forty days and forty nights? We know for sure that our Lord is always faithful. “The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.” (Responsorial Psalm) Keeping our word is a life-long struggle and goal that is increased with the success of fidelity that is always apparent at the end of our fasting and abstinence to move closer to the very life and awesome presence of our Savior Jesus.
There are other great reasons why we do what we say we are going to do: integrity, trust and reliability, respect, self-worth, and most importantly, eternal life. “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.” What is clear to all of us at this time is that keeping our word keeps us right with God and continues to reform and establish the nobility of the persons we strive to be in this life so as to follow Jesus all the way to heaven. A contract is a legal binding document literally based on mistrust; a covenant is an agreement of hearts and souls based on the eternal love that God has for you and for me. That is precisely why God always remembers and keep his word.