"We Made A Deal"
Sometimes when I see my daughter always happy with her beautiful family, I cannot help but quip: "We made a deal." And she knows what I mean.
When we were preparing to come to America many years ago, my daughter did not want to come with us. She was happy with her friends, her school, and her involvement in a Church ministry with those same friends. She cried unashamedly when all her friends came to send her off.
And so I said: "Let's make a deal. Come with us. If you later find out you are not happy there, you may come back and spend your life where you feel you will be happy."
The rest is history. I pat myself on the back: Father knows best.
Once upon a time, a wealthy old man, Abram, well settled where he was, was told by God to uproot his family with his possessions and go to a place where He would lead him and in his old age become the father whose descendants would be as numerous as the stars. That was a covenant, call it a deal, between them.
Much later, Jesus, the incarnate Son of God, made a new covenant with His people, to bring us to His heavenly home at the price of His own body and blood. He just wants us to come, follow Him.
At Baptism, that covenant is made again, with us individually. And we became God's adopted children and heirs of heaven.
God has made a covenant, a deal, with us.
It is a Big Deal!
God will honor this Deal. We must keep our part of this Deal!#
"While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, gave thanks,* and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins." (Matthew 26:26-28)