New Life for the Coming Year

John 1: 1-5, 9-14
1Jn 2:18-21 / Psa 96

Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God…
(John 1:10)

John talks about the Beginning,
We wonder as the year’s end is here:
What will the new year be bringing?
May God fill it with goodwill and cheer.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him. He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him. Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God — children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, Who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:1-5, 9-14)

Reflection

Today another year and another decade are both ending. And yet we wonder why today’s Gospel talks about a beginning — the never-ending Word of God Who is eternal– our Lord Jesus Christ, the Alpha and the Omega. He is “the light that shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (Jn.1:5) Through this Light from God we have come to have life, because through Him God has given us power to become children of God, believing as we do in the power of His Name. (Jn. 1:12)

It would be a fitting ending for the year if we can just reflect for a few moments on how we have lived this past year, so that we can make a firm resolution to become better persons in the coming year. How well did we spread goodwill and cheer among our relatives, friends, co-workers and neighbors? How often did we show affection to our spouse and children? How much time did we spend with our parent(s) or grandparent(s), knowing how little time they have left to live on earth? How much effort and resources did we expend to give life to those who were in desolation, or the light of the Good News to those who were in darkness? We have received the fullness of God’s grace; how much of it did we share with others? How often did we stand for the truth, and spoke against the immoral and the unjust? How much good did we accomplish to make this world a better place to live in? These are just some of the questions we must ask ourselves if we are to make a resolution to become better Christians, and worthy children of God in the year to come.

For some of us, we may not even be optimistic about surviving the next decade. If that be so, then all the more we should prepare ourselves for the New Life that will inevitably come just a few short years from now. And we should be grateful for this realization that it is not yet too late for us to get our life in order, and to make up for all our past negligences. Let us greet the new year with gratitude for all the blessings that God has showered us in 2009. With this attitude, 2010 will be full of hope.

Lord Jesus, as we enter another year in our life’s journey, we pray for the grace to become better heralds of Your Good News not only in words, but in living our lives in accordance with our Father’s will. May the Holy Spirit abide in us always, as we strive to be more spiritually active and productive in the coming year. Amen.

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