When, through our words and actions, we show that there’s more to Christmas than a single day, we make a statement about the Catholic faith.
In years past, I’d be spending these last days before the New Year reviewing the one gone by. I found it helpful to look back and ponder important events, joys, achievements, surprises, and sorrows and evaluate how I grew spiritually over the preceding twelve months. Then I’d choose one or two things I wanted to work on in the coming year. This year, however, I find myself wondering if it’s even worth reviewing 2020.
I stopped making New Year resolutions ages ago. Instead, I choose three Scripture passages to copy, print, and keep handy throughout the year. I review them as often as possible and give them some serious prayer time at least once a month. I keep the printed copy in a conspicuous place because I’m one of those people who remembers things I see better than things I hear or note mentally.
So, when we wake up on New Year’s Day, we can go ahead and turn the calendar page and get excited over the prospects of a brand new year. We can also hit the Bloody Mary’s to alleviate our hangover symptoms. But far more than that, we can rejoice because we are deeply loved by a Mother who is, not only Mother of God but also our Mother.
Imagine what could happen if we took all that’s good about us and resolved to expound upon those gifts in 2015. On New Year’s Eve, instead of making a list of all the rotten things we want to get rid of, how about making a list of all the wonderful things we want to accentuate?