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“God said to Noah and to his sons with him: “See, I am now establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you.”
Consider Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, David, Mary, John the Baptist, Jesus, and Peter â€“ what do all these, and the rest of the heroes of the Bible have in common? They were all members of a family.
Our Lenten theme is all about family. We see that God makes His promises not just to one person, but to the human family.
God always deals with family, with peopleâ€™s relationships with each other. God isnâ€™t building His kingdom on hermits and loners. Rather, He is looking to us as His children, and a single body (the body of Christ), as a community that is defined as a family.
Remember that Jesus always referred to His Father as our Father. This wasnâ€™t some sort of light saying, just to make us feel good. Jesus meant what He said. His Father is our Father.
Jesus came to rebuild His Fatherâ€™s family and He did so on Calvary â€“ reconnecting us to God.
God is our Father, and we are Jesusâ€™ brothers and sisters. This makes us His family and family to each other. We have even taken the steps necessary to be born into that family, through the waters of Baptism, by our regeneration.
Thereâ€™s a lot to study this Lent, so let us begin our focus on the fact that we are members of one body â€“ the Church, the body of Christ, and that makes us one family. With that comes a knowledge of how we were born into this family, how are related, how we relate to the Father, Jesus, and each other, our responsibilities as family members, our importance to the family, and the inheritance that is in store for members of Godâ€™s family.
Brother, or brethren, is found 319 times in the New Testament. Child, or children, is used 168 times in the New Testament. God didnâ€™t send Noah onto the boat alone, and doesnâ€™t make His promises to only a select few. His promises are for all of us as a family. He doesnâ€™t want us to go it alone. He is our loving Father.