A Very Happy New Year

Today the dawn broke on another year. We look out on it as it stretches ahead of us, full of hope, and we pray and ask for grace. As we are all too aware, the passage of time is relentless and unstoppable. The young urge time to go faster that they may grow up more quickly and do all the things they want to do. The more mature among us simply do not know where the years have gone. Time is a mystery, for sure. However, there is one thing that we know for certain about time and that is that

when the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons (and daughters).”

Time itself changed forever when, in the fullness of time, Jesus was born to the young virgin, Mary of Nazareth, in the small town of Bethlehem over two thousand years ago. Time itself became charged with the very presence of God in a new and special way.

We owe Mary, our Mother in Faith, a debt of gratitutde we can never truly repay. For with her embrace of God’s plan, with her ‘Yes’, with her co-operation and docility to God’s will, the plan of God’s salvation could begin. Today, lift up your voice in praise and thanksgiving to God the Father for Mary, for through the fruit of her womb we receive our dignity as children of God and are privileged to have the Spirit of God living in our hearts. Mary’s obedience overthrow Eve’s disobedience and opened the way for Jesus’ obedience to overthrow the disobedience of Adam and therefore Satan’s hold over the human race.

Cling to this truth today; hold on to it, bring it to mind and pray over it because the whole gospel message hinges on it. We do not know what the New Year holds; we cannot know what it will bring. What we can know is that we face whatever comes as the beloved children of a gracious and merciful heavenly Father, who was willing to sacrifice his own beloved Son so that no one single person on this earth would perish.

Everything comes from love, all is ordained for our salvation, God does nothing without this goal in mind.’ (St Catherine of Siena).

Taken from Bible Live for 1st January 2020 www.alivepublishing.co.uk

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