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A New Year in Christ

Happy New Year!

In our popular culture we have an image of the calendar year ending as an old man on the way out.  The new year is represented by a baby.  We have no such images in the church, neither a doddering old man nor a newborn baby. Our Church year ends and begins with powerful images of Christ.  The last Sunday of the past liturgical year, last Sunday, was the feast of Christ the King; in the end only Christ’s kingdom lasts forever.  Today, the beginning of the new Church year, we again have a strong image of Christ: “the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory” (Luke 21:27).  When the Church year begins and ends, we celebrate that God in Christ is in absolute control; time and eternity belong to him.

Our GPS systems help us greatly, whether we use our phones of the navigational systems built into our cars.  But to effectively work the GPS system needs our help; we must enter our destination, or the system cannot give us any directions.  Similarly, today on the first day of our new Church year, we remember our destination, our future in the coming kingdom of God in Christ.  The Old Testament reading from Jeremiah the prophet explained how God would save his people through a descendant of King David: “I will raise up for David a just shoot; he shall do what is right and just in the land” (Jeremiah 33:15).  The second reading and the gospel celebrate Jesus as the fulfillment of that prophecy.  St. Paul explains that we await the “coming of our Lord Jesus with all his holy ones” (I Thessalonians: 3:13).  The gospel repeats the same theme in Jesus’ promise that the Son of Man will come with great power.  Because we know where we are going and we know what the future looks like, we know how to prepare for that future. We know the direction we must take to get there, so that we may enjoy the wonderful future that God wants to share with us.

We do nothing weird to prepare for that future, no strange rituals to perform, no strange tasks to accomplish.  We prepare for the future by faithfully living every day the gospel values that we have received from Jesus.  St. Paul teaches: “May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all… conduct yourselves to please God and as you are conducting yourselves, you do so even more. For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus” (I Thessalonians 3:12, 4:1-2).  Neither Jesus nor St. Paul counsel anything but faithful, moral living day by day.  Our daily lives of faith, prayer and love prepare us to meet the Lord and become a part of his eternal kingdom.

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Yours in Christ,

Fr. Paul Vuturo