Keeping Our Promises / Cumpliendo Nuestras Promesas

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Have you ever broken a promise? Of course you have. I think if we all think about it and are honest with ourselves, we have all probably broken a promise we made at one point or another. You have probably seen the aftermath of what happened when that promise was broken; People got hurt, trust was shattered, relationships were affected. I know when I have broken a promise I immediately feel guilt. I think this guilt comes because we all know deep down in our bones that promises are not meant to be broken.

This brings us to our First Reading for today where we hear that the Galatians have been quick to forsake Paul and Christ for the sake of another gospel. They came to learn about Christ through Paul’s teachings and gave their hearts over to him, until another gospel popped up that seemed more alluring. Take a moment to think about this for a second. Jesus had recently died for their sins. There may have even been people present who were alive when it happened. They were there at the beginning of Christianity. They had been told about the promise of eternal life through this Jesus of Nazareth who died and actually rose from the dead. And then, a different gospel comes along and they are quick to dismiss what Jesus did for them.

It is probably easy to look at the Galatians and wonder how they could do all this, but this wasn’t a new phenomenon. Since the beginning of time God has been making promises with his people and we have been breaking those promises. But no matter what, God remains faithful. We call these promises covenants and there are many throughout the Old Testament, culminating in the New Covenant in Christ. Today in the Responsorial Psalm, we read that the Lord will remember his covenant forever and the Catechism tells us, “God chose Abraham and made a covenant with him and his descendants. By the covenant God formed his people and revealed his law to them through Moses. Through the prophets, he prepared them to accept the salvation destined for all humanity. God has revealed himself fully by sending his own Son, in whom he has established his covenant forever.” (CCC 72-73)

God remembers the covenant he made with Abraham. He remembers the covenant he made with Noah and with Moses. He remembers the covenant he made on the cross, the covenant he made for us. God is always faithful to his covenant. The question is, are we faithful to him? Let’s take some time today to thank God for what he did for us on the cross and ask for the grace to remain faithful to his covenant of love forever.

From all of us here at Diocesan, God bless!

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¿Alguna vez has roto una promesa? Seguro que sí. Creo que si todos lo pensamos y somos honestos con nosotros mismos, probablemente todos hayamos roto una promesa que hicimos en un momento u otro. Probablemente hayas visto las consecuencias de lo que sucedió cuando se rompió esa promesa; las personas resultaron heridas, la confianza se rompió, las relaciones se vieron afectadas. Sé que cuando he roto una promesa me siento culpable inmediatamente. Creo que esta culpa viene porque todos sabemos en el fondo de nuestros huesos que las promesas no están hechas para romperse.

Esto nos lleva a nuestra primera lectura de hoy, donde escuchamos que los gálatas facilmente abandonar a Pablo y Cristo por otro evangelio. Llegaron a aprender acerca de Cristo a través de las enseñanzas de Pablo y le entregaron su corazón, hasta que apareció otro evangelio que parecía más atractivo. Tómese un momento para pensar en esto por un segundo. Jesús había muerto recientemente por sus pecados. Incluso puede haber personas presentes que estaban vivas cuando sucedió. Estaban allí al comienzo del cristianismo. Se les había dicho acerca de la promesa de la vida eterna a través de este Jesús de Nazaret que murió y resucitó de entre los muertos. Y luego, aparece un evangelio diferente y rápidamente descartan lo que Jesús hizo por ellos.

Probablemente sea fácil mirar a los gálatas y preguntarse cómo pudieron hacer todo esto, pero este no era un fenómeno nuevo. Desde el principio de los tiempos, Dios ha estado haciendo promesas con su pueblo y nosotros hemos estado rompiendo esas promesas. Pero pase lo que pase, Dios permanece fiel. A estas promesas las llamamos pactos y hay muchas a lo largo del Antiguo Testamento, que culminan en la Nueva Alianza en Cristo. Hoy en el Salmo Responsorial leemos que el Señor recordará para siempre su alianza y el Catecismo nos dice: “Dios eligió a Abraham y selló una alianza con él y su descendencia. Dios eligió a Abraham y selló una alianza con él y su descendencia. De él formó a su pueblo, al que reveló su ley por medio de Moisés. Lo preparó por los profetas para acoger la salvación destinada a toda la humanidad. Dios se ha revelado plenamente enviando a su propio Hijo, en quien ha establecido su alianza para siempre.” (CIC 72-73)

Dios recuerda la alianza que hizo con Abraham. Recuerda la alianza que hizo con Noé y con Moisés. Recuerda la alianza que hizo en la cruz, la alianza que hizo por nosotros. Dios es siempre fiel a su alianza . La pregunta es, ¿le somos fieles? Tomemos un tiempo hoy para agradecer a Dios por lo que hizo por nosotros en la cruz y pidamos la gracia de permanecer fieles a la alianza de amor para siempre.

De parte de todos nosotros aquí en Diocesan, ¡Dios los bendiga!

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Tommy Shultz is a Business Development Representative for Diocesan. In this role he is committed to bringing the best software to dioceses and parishes while helping them evangelize on the digital continent. Tommy has worked in various diocese and parish roles since his graduation from Franciscan University with a Theology degree. He hopes to use his skills in evangelization, marketing, and communications, to serve the Church and bring the Good News to all. His favorite quote comes from St. John Paul II, who said, “A person is an entity of a sort to which the only proper and adequate way to relate is love.”

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