January 2, 2016

Let what you heard from the beginning remain in you.

If what you heard from the beginning remains in you,

then you will remain in the Son and in the Father.  (From today’s first reading 1Jn 2:22-28)

As we start a new year, there is a phrase that is often repeated “New Year, New Beginning”. We make resolutions and we are ready to retry what didn't work before.

But what if we fail today, or in two weeks, or in the middle of the year? Are we going to wait till the start of another year to live again and celebrate each day?

At the beginning of the year all we hear are words of encouragement and good wishes, and this are great chances to know how much we are loved by others.

Brothers and sisters “Let what you heard from the beginning remain in you.” Specially during this year of MERCY  where the Church reminds us that we have God’s love available each second of our lives. As the world makes us believe we have to wait for a year to be over to get back on track, discard whatever we have done and move forward, Christ comes and tells us we dot have to start all over, but repent, get back on track, and continue... at any second if we decide to open our hearts to his redemption.

Each New Year is pretty similar to the experience we get when we go to a retreat. After a retreat we feel refreshed and are ready to start a new life and make changes, but the truth is that after a week the feelings wear off and we have to face life as it is. We obviously sin, and fail to love God at times, but we don't have to wait for the next retreat to go to confession and love God intensely, let's keep in mind that every day we have the chance to do this, and when feelings steps out, commitment walks in. Whatever mistakes and the countless joys, they're all part of life. In Christian life we don't have to wait for a new year to start and make resolutions or retry what didn't work before...let’s not be afraid of doing it every single day if we have to with Jesus and Mary by our side.

Personally,  I  don't want to be 50 and realize I wasted many years waiting for every first of January to make a change in my life and feel like life is a celebration.

Life is not just about living, it is about existing, those who exist know their life is not just a story full of “new beginnings” but chapters, all part of the same book, full of beautiful events, mistakes, joys and sorrows, repentance and mercy, each one of them important, and all of them taking us back to the beginning, not of the year, but of our entire existence and sacramental life:

In the beginning when God created heaven and earth,

in the beginning when the word became flesh,

in that beginning when God thought of us,

in the beginning when Christ died,

in the beginning when we were baptized,

in the beginning when we consumed the sacred body and blood,

in the beginning when we were sealed with the Holy Spirit.  

“If what you heard from the beginning remains in you, then you will remain in the Son and in the Father.” 

Happy New Year everybody!!!!!

St Narcisa de Jesus,

Pray for us.

Frassati NY