Responding to our sacred call in the New Year
The beginning of a new year always holds potential — an opportunity to reflect on the year that has just concluded, build on past successes, learn from mistakes, and
resolve to live with greater commitment and integrity in the year to come.
This month’s Sunday readings provide particular wisdom upon which to reflect as we begin 2019. Listen carefully, and you will hear how precious we are in the eyes of the
Lord and how deeply we are called to live as God’s holy people in the world. We might even say that God counts on us to do this. We are to be light in darkness, bring healing to those who suffer, and share compassion, justice, and hope with all people. With such a sacred call, where do we begin?
Make 2019 “the year of our Lord.” The letters A.D., which sometimes follow the numerical year are an abbreviation for “Anno Domini,” or “year of our Lord. “ Make Jesus the Lord of your life and trust in God to be with you through all the circumstances you may experience this year. Turn to God in prayer as you face decisions, even little ones. Draw on Church teaching or a trusted friend or spiritual adviser when making more complicated ones.
Be mindful to give God glory in your words and actions. Reach out to others with love and care; be a peacemaker at home, office or school, and in the world. Anything that wouldn’t be pleasing to God? Let go of it, stop it, learn to avoid it! Remember that every day is a gift. Thank God for each new day and resolve to spend time wisely and
Don’t sell yourself short. You have a mission, a purpose, which only you may fulfill. In the words of John Henry Cardinal Newman, “God has created me to do Him some definite service; He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission - I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next.” Make 2019 truly special, a year in which you you may fulfill. In the words of John Henry Cardinal Newman, “God has created me to do Him some definite service; He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission - I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next.”
Make 2019 truly special, a year in which you live as the Lord’s very own in the world.
Catholic Life and Faith 2019 - Leisa Anslinger
Prayer this month...
Invite God to be the Lord of your life and home in this new year. If you live with others, pray together:
Let us praise the Lord of days and seasons and years, saying: Glory to God in the highest! And peace to his people on earth! Our lives are made of days and nights, of seasons and years, for we are part of a universe of suns and moons
and planets. We mark ends and we make beginnings and, in all, we praise God for the grace
and mercy that fills our days.
Remember us, O God; from age to age be our comforter. You have given us the wonder of time, blessings in days and nights, seasons and years. Bless your children at the turning of the year and fill the months ahead with the bright hope that is ours in the coming of Christ. You are our God, living and reigning for ever and ever. Amen.
From Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers, on usccb.org