From a Creighton Student's Perspective
December 31, 2011
Sophomore, Biology Major
There could not be a more fitting set of readings to celebrate New Years Eve. Today, many spend time reflecting on the events of the past year: the good, the bad, the regrets, the once-in-a-lifetimes, and the what-ifs. We take all of these moments into consideration when we think about making resolutions for the new year. The first reading talks about the end of the world, and stresses to us that God will be with us during all the ends- not just at the end of the world, but at the end of the day, the end of the week, and the end of the year. John tells us that God has bestowed knowledge and truth upon us. These are valuable tools to help us live an honest life geared towards God; however, we do not always remember to use them. Even if we have not lived up to our full potential or have made mistakes in the past, it is never too late to turn around and seek God. We can rekindle that awareness, recognizing our faults and making a conscious effort to change them.
However, today’s readings are not just about endings: we call God the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. The Gospel focuses on this theme of new beginnings in the Lord. He will be with us at the beginning of each day, of each week, and at the beginning of this brand new year. By spending a bit of time in prayer, we can hear God’s voice directing us towards the right path to follow for the new year.
The Psalm reminds us to approach the year with a joyful heart and a grateful attitude, with the hope that Jesus will return one day to save us. We should be filled with this joy when we write our list of resolutions down. God has blessed us with abounding gifts, and we should use these gifts to bear witness to him. After all, “light shines in darkness” (John 1:5). In between trying to finally shed those fifteen pounds and eat more veggies, maybe we can take these words into consideration while making new resolutions.
These resolutions do not have to be great things. As Mother Teresa once said, “we can do no great things, only small things with great love.” By offering up an hour of service, praying in adoration, loving our family, or quitting a vice, we can bear witness to the light of Christ in the new year (2012!!) and leave the past behind us.
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