Mass Reading & Meditation for June 15, 2013
Meditation: 2 Corinthians 5:14-21
Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Whoever is in Christ is a new creation. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
“Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” Even though this phrase, used often in addiction treatment programs, may seem outdated, it can give us some insights into what it means that we are a new creation in Christ.
Yes, you are a new creation! You can have a personal, loving relationship with Jesus. You can experience his grace and his mercy. You can hear his voice and feel his presence. You can be set free from slavery to sin and the fear of death. You can enjoy life as a beloved child of God.
Yes, today—and every day—can be the “first day” of your life as a new creation. Thanks to the mercy of God and the gift of repentance, you can start every morning with a clean slate. You don’t have to be weighed down by the guilt of old sins—not even the sins you may have committed yesterday. You can expect a fresh outpouring of God’s love and grace, his wisdom and insight, every morning as you pray and ponder his word. Every day can be filled with the hope and excitement of a child wondering what new things his or her father has in store for the day. Each day is a new beginning!
During this Year of Faith, what better way to step out as a new creation than to take up the call to a New Evangelization? Each and every new day, you can deepen your understanding of the gospel. Each and every new day, you can apply the promises of the gospel to every challenging situation you face. Each and every new day, you can find a new way to share this gospel with the people around you.
So let today become the first day in a series of new days! Proclaim to yourself at several points today that you are a new creation in Christ. Remind yourself that the old is gone, and a new life of peace and freedom is yours. And be sure to offer a blessing to at least one person you meet today. Tell that person about God’s love, and if you see an opportunity to share more, go for it!
“Lord Jesus, I declare that I am a new creation in Christ. Let today be the first day of the rest of my new life with you.”
Psalm 103:1-4, 9-12; Matthew 5:33-37