At the end of the year, the Gospel proclaims, "In the beginning ..." "It is the last hour," but because "the Word became flesh" and dwells among us, every moment offers us a new beginning. We announce the Lord's salvation "day after day" because his presence changes the meaning of time. - From December's Magnificat
Today is the last day of 2011. I'm a little dumbfounded by that. Life seems to be passing by like a speeding train and I can't stop it. One year, I'm a little kid. The next, a teenager in high school. Then one year I'm out on my own, married and three grown children later, I'm staring at my laptop writing this article!
Now the ads start for health and fitness and the shopping channels start hawking the latest in equipment to get you healthy.
So what's so different about the "new year?" Isn't it just another day and isn't it just what we put into that day that might make it more special than yesterday?
As Christians, we have the opportunity to make every day new. We have the Word of God to guide us, we have the Holy Eucharist to nourish us, we have Jesus, Mary and Joseph as our role models and we have the Holy Spirit to be our Comforter. We have the sacraments to take part in to keep us on track.
Resolutions were probably more meant to be broken than anything else, but if you're going to make any resolutions, make them of a spiritual nature. A while back I went back to saying the rosary every day and I've stuck to it.
But I'm going to get back on the "exercise wagon" again, too. I've really let that go and frankly, I feel it. Plus my clothes don't fit that well either! Yikes!
My prayer for you this year is that you do have health and happiness, but I also hope that every day of this "new year" is a new day in your faith journey and that it opens your heart to new graces.