I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. With every new year, as with every new day, we receive a new beginning. With this new beginning, Jesus invites us to transform our lives; to move away from sin and to move towards happiness. So, how do we answer this invitation?
Do we have good intentions, yet somehow, our chains of sin don’t allow us to break free? Alas, we succumb to continuing our sinful ways. Every new day begins unsullied, with hope. Yet, somehow, we seem to mar it with snide remarks, untruths, unjustified anger…and the list goes on. We are a sinful people, and God knows that. Yet, He still loves us, unconditionally!
I Choose Happy New Year!
So, on this New Year’s Day, when we all make resolutions, here’s mine: I promise to look to each new day with hope; to see God’s presence in my everyday life. Whether it be in the face of my husband, or the kindness of the grocery store clerk, I will set my sights on Christ. I will shed the old ways, and embrace the new! By doing so, the Holy Spirit will help me break the chains of sin, and draw me toward Christ and true happiness.
Will you join me in this New Year’s resolution? We all know too well, that many resolutions are easily broken. So, how might we live up to this resolution? The answer is with prayer! If we would start our day with the following prayer, we will succeed in drawing closer to God:
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love.
V. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
R. And you shall renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray. O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant us in the same Spirit to be truly wise and ever to rejoice in His consolation, through Christ our Lord.
Happy New Year everyone! Day one is off to a good start! May the remaining 364 days of this year be filled with the Lord’s blessings.
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