Speak Lord: Make us new

For anyone who is in Christ, there is a new creation; the old creation has gone, and now the new one is here. It is all God’s work. It was God who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the work of handing on this reconciliation.

In other words, God in Christ was reconciling the world to himself, not holding men’s faults against them, and he has entrusted to us the news that they are reconciled.

So we are ambassadors for Christ; it is as though God were appealing through us, and the appeal that we make in Christ’s name is: be reconciled to God. For our sake God made the sinless one into sin, so that in him we might become the goodness of God.

2nd Reading for the 4th Sunday in Lent
2 Corinthians 5:17-21

For those in Christ there is a new creation – and for all who are not in Christ there is the offer of a new creation. That new creation gathers us into the ever-ancient, ever-new love of God – the One love that is offered in an infinite number of ways but always to build us up, and to unite us with each other and with God.

  • Where do you experience disunity and fracture? In yourself? In your relationships with others? With God?
  • How might you draw on the newness of God’s work for healing and help?

Image: Return of the Prodigal by O N Garkushenko, Park Arts Muzeon Moscow. (c) 2015, Allen Morris

4 thoughts on “Speak Lord: Make us new

  1. “How might you draw on the newness of God’s work for healing and help?”

    By reading Scriptures. The newness of God’s work only apply to those who have been born again as found in John 3:3 (grabbed from RSV), “Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

    Initiation into the RC through infant baptism does not afford someone newness or the Holy Spirit. How can an infant who is just newly born, lacking the faculty of free will choose to believe on Jesus as their Savior (John 3:16) and be accountable for a decision his/her parents made on his/her behalf?

    To be born anew requires one to be able to fully understand the implication of Jesus’ atoning death on the cross and claim it. Not any iota of meritorious deeds and completion of the 7 sacraments can gain salvation. If it were so, there would be no need for a savior.

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    • You make it sound that unless someone chooses to believe there is no salvation for them.

      So no possibility of salvation for the newly born? Or those who have never heard of Jesus?

      I’d suggest there are other ways of being born anew than being ‘able to fully understand the implication of Jesus’ atoning death on the cross and claim it’.

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      • How do you understand John 14:6? Salvation is offered to everyone but not everyone is willing to accept hence the narrow road. With today’s information age, no one is without excuse really.

        “So no possibility of salvation for the newly born? Or those who have never heard of Jesus?”

        Can God hold an infant who cannot speak for his/herself accountable for having made a deliberate choice? Apply the question in an earthly court. It would be nonsensical, right? I have written a post about what Jesus about said in Matthew 18:2-4 here if you have time. https://modconspiracy.wordpress.com/2019/02/24/to-be-a-child/

        A suggestion that does not conform to the full revelation we have in Scripture on the only way to salvation becomes dangerous doctrine. The Bible is there to be the standard and also that Jesus’ teachings are proclaimed in its unadulterated form. 1 Corinthians 4:6 tells us not to go beyond what is written and obviously, the Catholic Church thinks it can go beyond God’s infallible Word.

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