Tabernacles of the Covenant

THURSDAY: Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Jer.31:31-34/Ps.50:12-15.18-19/Matt.16:13-23

Tabernacles of the Covenant


It was a Sunday morning after Mass, at St. John's Church, in St. John's Parish in Tunapuna, Trinidad, a group of young members of the Legion of Mary, sat on the floor before the Tabernacle for a holy hour. The atmosphere was tranquil. I opened my eyes; I looked around and what I saw baffled me. The world outside did not matter to them. They were each incomplete communion with Christ in the presence Blessed Sacrament.


Then I looked up at the Tabernacle; it dawned on me; we had all received Christ in the Holy Eucharist just minutes earlier. Suddenly a gentle voice whispered, we are the people of the New Covenant. We are walking tabernacles of Christ's presence in the world. The promise made in Jeremiah 31:31-34 has come true in us. Christ is the new covenant of God who lives in us in his full body, soul and divinity.


It is imperative for us as Catholic Christians, followers of Christ Jesus to recognise the quality and intensity of the intimacy we share with the Lord. We are one body with Christ. We live in each other's flesh and being. Therefore, when Christ comes again, and he questions us about his identity, we must be able to respond like Peter, "You are the Christ the Son of the living God." In truth and reality, through the Sacraments of Initiation, God in Christ engraved his covenant in our hearts. He made us one with him and the Son (Jn.17:21). However, we must purify our hearts and protect the sanctity of his covenant.


O God thanks a million for inscribing your covenant on our hearts.

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