A New Year of grace begins! May the Year of Our Lord 2018 be filled with blessings for the people of Christ the King Parish and for the people of our world. The first day of January is the World Day of Prayer for Peace. We beseech the Prince of Peace to shower the gift of peace on men and women of good will everywhere. May we all be instruments of the peace for which we pray.
It is common to make resolutions at the beginning a New Year and while some people make fun of the custom, I think there is a value in making New Year resolutions. While we may not always lose the 30 pounds we are resolved to lose or fail in our resolve to never losing patience again, the very fact that we want to move in these directions is a positive sign. Hope springs eternal! And so I say, bring on the resolutions!
As we begin this New Year of grace, hopefully some of the resolutions we make will be spiritual ones. Thinking about ‘spiritual resolutions’ for the New Year, here are three that I would propose for us a parish community:
Be on time for Mass in this New Year. Many parishioners routinely arrive late for Mass. Adjusting our departure time by just a few minutes would solve this problem and allow us to participate in the Mass from beginning to end.
Make a visit to the Blessed Sacrament at least once a week. We are blessed with a beautiful Blessed Sacrament Chapel and have 24 hour access to it. Make it a custom to pay a visit to Jesus before or after dropping the kids off for school or picking them up. Make it part of the regular schedule on the way to or home from the grocery. Make it a family event. A visit is just that – a visit. Check in with Jesus once a week and bring the kids. A few minutes can make a world of difference in our week.
Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. What a great way to begin a New Year! Extended times are being offered during January to help everyone experience a real ‘new beginning’. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available at Christ the King every Sunday of January from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Put ‘confession’ on your ‘to do list’ for January and celebrate the sacrament in the first month of this New Year.
May God bless us with new beginnings as we enter this New Year!
See you at Mass!