Excerpt from New Covenant Power
Talk given by M. Nadine

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His mercy endures forever.”   (Dan 3:89)


Jesus asks us the same question He asked Peter “Do you love Me” (Jn 21:16)?  Of course, we say, “Yes, Lord! I love you.”  Yet Jesus asks us, “But do you love Me more than yourself, your own way, your own life, your own thoughts, your own attachments, whatever they may be”  (cf. Jn 21:15)  He will start to show us what those things might be.  Are we willing to let them all go?  Is He enough?  We are called to lay down our lives for one another.  We are called to love one another as He commanded us.  We are called by Jesus Himself through His words in John 15:9, “Live on in My love.”  He is speaking of His Holy Spirit love, His Calvary love, His agape love.  All things are possible with God, because it is, after all, God’s love.

Paul tells us to follow the way of love even as Christ has loved us.  We learn from the Book of Hebrews and other books of the Bible that Jesus is the Mediator of the New Covenant (cf. Heb 9:15).  He has access at every moment to the right hand of the Power, the Right Hand of God the Father.  And He has obtained now a far more excellent ministry of intercession (cf. Heb 8:6).  It is far more excellent because He is at the right hand of the Father.  John says, “We have in the presence of the Father now, Jesus, an Intercessor Who is just” (cf. Heb 9:11-14).  He is an offering not only for our sins, but for those of the whole world.  The Lamb needs our bodies to continue His redemptive love through obedience and sacrifice.  

In 2 Corinthians 5:17, Paul says, “This means that if anyone is in Christ, He is a new creation.”  God, in His mercy, has reconciled us to Himself, and He has given us the ministry of reconciliation (cf. 2 Cor 5:18).  There is only one Mediator, one Intercessor, one Reconciler.  It is now in Him, with Him, and through Him, that we are qualified ministers of the New Covenant.  We qualify, because we are temples of the Spirit, a house of God.  We qualify because we let the Spirit love us to death and give us away.  We especially qualify because with Jesus, we have access at any time of the day or night to the right hand of the Father, Who is within us.  We live on in His love because He is within us.  “To Him whose Power at work in us can do immeasurable more that we can ask or imagine, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations” (Eph 3:20).  Truly, as Our Lady said, “His mercy is to all generations” (cf. LK 1:50).      

“The Lord’s acts of mercy are not exhausted, His compassion is not spent; They are renewed each morning”  (Lam 3:22-23)