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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 8, A.D. 2005

2 Corinthians 3:4-11
Psalm 99:5-9
Matthew 5:17-19

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Our ability is from God.

We hear a wonderful and blessed message today. The new covenant has replaced the old. We are invited into a relationship which is based not on what we must do and what we must not do, but based upon love, which informs us, in the presence of Jesus in our lives, what we can do.

We are invited into a new realm of freedom, for when we refuse to condemn, and seek to serve, we are freed from condemnation ourselves. If you stop and consider it, the most loving and accepting people you may know are often those who have the least sense of guilt. They have been freed from guilt by refusing to hold other people bound by it. In their love, through Christ Jesus, they have reached a promised land--The Kingdom of Heaven.

We are in a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit, sent forth from the Father, and sealed in the blood of Jesus Christ our Savior. The blessed Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, blesses our actions when we choose to love. This new covenant with the Triune God, lifts us up, when we would choose to be down. It supports us and carries us. The Spirit is the sign of the covenant, the comforter, and the one who brings life and the hope of all the future achievements, including union with God. God has blessed us bountifully in His gracious covenant and his Holy Love.

So, let us not live by the letter, but by the spirit. And let us love one another not to the letter of the law, but to its spirit. And when we greet one another and when we greet strangers let us be lanterns in the darkness of the modern world. Let the light of our new covenant shine forth and invite everyone in to join us. Let us be Love to a world that has too little of it.

- JuandelaCruz (1993)

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