Begin Anew

6 Jan

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”  ~ Seneca

We are coming to the end of the Christmas season.  There are three days left: today, tomorrow and Monday.  Tomorrow, we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany.  Monday we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord.  It is appropriate, then, that today’s scriptures “point the way” to Jesus.  The Gospel, especially, is about John the Baptist preparing people for the coming of the person of whom John was not worthy to unfasten the strap of His sandal.

In order for Jesus to begin His public ministry, which we will reflect upon Monday, He had to end something.  He ended His days of being a relatively private person.  Once He stepped into public ministry, nothing would be the same.  Every move that He made would be watched, every word that He spoke would be scrutinized.  That is the way it is for public people.

Each and every Christian is in the eye of the public.  Each and every Christian should not fear about what to say or do because Jesus promised that He would give us the words to speak and let us know what to do when the time was right.

The only thing that we have to do is say “Yes” to God’s will.  If we do that, God will supply everything else that we need.

Let our older ways of life end today.  Let selfishness, greed, envy, sloth, and any other sin, be set aside so that we may make a new beginning in Christ.

FAITH ACTION:  Ask God to give you the grace and courage that you need to begin whatever it is He might be calling you to do.