God also said to Abraham: “On your part, you and your descendants after you must keep my covenant throughout the ages.”
Only in Jesus could our half of the covenant be fulfilled. The Old Testament is filled with examples of Abraham’s descendants falling away from God and adopting the idolatry of their neighboring pagans. Even with the help of God, they still failed. Our weak human nature, obscured by sin, cannot maintain the fidelity that true covenant requires. Without the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, true fulfillment of the human half of the covenant would have been impossible.
Jesus alludes to this in today’s gospel passage. We do not know the Father, but Jesus does. Jesus, the Son, is in perfect union with the Father. Together with the Holy Spirit they are one God. Everything Jesus does is in humble submission to the will of the Father, and because of this divine humility, the will of the Father and the will of the Son are perfectly one.
In Christ’s example is the pattern of our Christian life. We are invited into the life of the Trinity, but we have to submit our human wills to the Divine Will. Like Jesus, we must learn to say “not my will, but Thine be done.” Regular prayer of the Our Father can help us to make such submission a priority in our lives. As we pray the various petitions of the Our Father, we learn to put God’s glory before our own needs. We seek to make His Will supreme on earth, as it is in heaven. May our humble prayers unite us to Christ and help us to inherit the promises of God’s holy covenant, fulfilled in Christ and enjoyed by His Body, the Church.