Grace to you!
Imagine being promised an inheritance. The inheritance is such that if you were to work all your life and do all the right things, you wouldn’t come close to its blessings or achieve its beauties. Through this inheritance, everything about you and your eternal happiness is completely paid forward. Only one request is made of you?
You have to find the right code combinations and walk your way through the home of that inheritance. Simply, you have to choose to receive it and follow in its ways.
You understand different people have been given access to one aspect of the code or the other. They help you. They tell you what they have received from the one who promised the inheritance. Yet you realize, though valid and crucial, the numbers are not yet complete. To put the puzzle together yourself and reach the inheritance would be, humanly speaking, impossible unless it is given to you.
In your consistent search, you realize that the promisor actually has sent someone to help you, to accompany you; or rather, to reveal the heavenly things. In him is found the fullness of that inheritance. He speaks the word of the promisor and shares with him all the fullness of his glory. He, indeed, is the one who paid forward the price for the inheritance.
He comes to you, looking like you. You see him as a sibling, a brother, a friend, for that is true to who he is in relation to you. Much more, he is the promise. He embodies the promise. He is divine.
He takes you to the promise. He shows you the promise. You recognize, actually, he is the inheritance, the promise. You realize he is the “heavenly things” you will possess, the fulfillment of all your desires. How would you feel?
The Letter to the Hebrews writes: “Christ is mediator of a new covenant: since a death has taken place for deliverance from transgressions under the first covenant, those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance” (Hebrew 9:15).
Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ established the new covenant, unlike the old covenant. By his blood, the heavenly things ushered in by this new covenant are assured for many. Observe how the Letter to the Hebrews emphasizes that his death was the access for us to “receive the promised eternal inheritance.”
We receive it. It’s not our creation or ingenuity. It’s given to us. Not on merit, but by his grace, the grace of the one who came revealing to us the fullness of divinity and restoring God-life in us.
Between God and us there is only one who can make the relationship possible and real. Christ, the true mediator between God and humanity. To him be the glory. Amen.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on the bible readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration and developing your own thoughts. It may also be helpful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.