- He makes a covenant with the first couple promising future redemption.
- After the great flood, God makes a covenant with the family of Noah.
- Next He makes a covenant with a tribe, Abraham, and the promise that he will become father to a host of nations.
- Then with Moses on Sinai, He makes a covenant with a whole nation, the Children of Israel.
- Then with King David and Solomon, He makes a covenant with a host of nations.
- Then the ultimate covenant which fulfills all the others extends the covenant to include all humanity. Jesus at the Last Supper says: "Take this, all of you, and drink from it, for this is the chalice of my Blood, the Blood of the new and eternal Covenant, which will be poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in memory of me."
Lord Jesus Christ, you came into this world to establish a saving covenant with your people. Look kindly on us now, we pray, that we and all who serve you, might be kept safe from this pandemic. Heal those who are sick, comfort the suffering, strengthen the caregivers of body and spirit, and above all, increase our faith and trust in you, O Lord. Give us the grace to follow You, and, Like Saint Corona, who gave her life for love of You, give us the strength to take up our crosses daily without fear or hesitation. Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on us and on the whole world. Mother Mary, Comforter of the afflicted, pray for us! Saint Joseph, protector of the Family, pray for us! Saint Corona, Patroness of epidemic victims, pray for us! Venerable Patrick Peyton, pray for us and all our families! Saint John Paul II, pray for us! Amen.
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Copyright 2020 Fr. Willy Raymond, C.S.C.
About the Author
Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C. is President of Holy Cross Family Ministries. He entered Holy Cross Fathers in 1964. He earned a Bachelors in Philosophy from Stonehill College in 1967 and a Masters in Theology from the University of Notre Dame in 1971. In addition to English, Father Willy is conversant in French and Spanish. He's a native of Old Town, Maine and one of 12 children. He remains a diehard fan of the Boston Red Sox, even though he has served as Chaplain for the Los Angeles Dodgers.