Old Covenant to New Covenant: A Sacramental Journey

This Lent, St. Francis is journeying through the covenants of the Old Testament.
Alongside these covenants, we will also explore the 7 Sacraments of the Church and how to bridge the Old Testament covenants with the New Covenant established by Jesus Christ.


Moses and the Eucharist

1st Reading: Exodus 20:1-17
Psalm 19: Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.
2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:22-25
Gospel: John 2:13-25

With the story of Moses, we see the establishment of the Jewish Law and foretelling of the Eucharist. The 10 Commandments give us the base for the Jewish Law in the Old Testament, which is meant to teach the people how to live in right relationship with God and others. As they wander through the desert, God shows His faithfulness to the Israelites by giving them manna from heaven to eat, which prefigures the Eucharist established by Jesus at the last supper. Jesus also fulfills the Jewish Law in the New Covenant, the new law being “written on their hearts” through the gift of grace.

Reflective Questions
Who has interceded for you and brought you comfort, or helped to reassure you when you needed it as Moses interceded for his people during times of trial? How has prayer, the word of the Lord and presence of the Holy Spirit refreshed/renewed your spirituality?

Practice of Hope
Add a bowl of water to your prayer table. Think of how you need water daily to keep you healthy and discuss how you need God daily too. Find a positive action you can execute this week that brings you hope.