Resolve to Keep a Promise -New Year’s Message
new year we tend to make resolutions. These
resolutions are a sort of promise that we make to ourselves, with the idea or
intent that this resolution will hopefully help us become a better person. Very
often this deals with our physical health or psychological help. But what
about a person’s spiritual health. With this in mind, consider the
long ago a promise was made. About a little child being given to God. This
child was called, was chosen from among many, to be a special member of God’s
kingdom and in fact God’s own family. However, as the child grew, the child
would get distracted from God, and from time to time and even wander ever so
slightly away and in these moments was sometimes uncertain of which direction
to go or even if it wanted to go back. Until one day the child
realized it was very lost. Although the child did not enjoy the loneliness of
being lost, it did everything it could to convince itself that it was
okay. The struggle would go on for some time. The child grew and from
time to time would see the Father’s house from a distance, but fearful of what
the father would say, the child would not get too close. However, on
special occasions this child, who wasn’t so little any more, would quietly
enter the father’s house, almost hoping not to be recognized. This of
course was only when there was such a large gathering that the child could
avoid the father. For although the child loved the father, the
child was not certain of how the father felt about his child being gone so
details and the particulars differ from individual to individual; however, in
some ways this child may have been you, maybe it still is, having
wandered away intentionally or unintentionally, because of a
misunderstanding or a disagreement, but it is important for this child to know
that it is still welcomed, and wanted. Or perhaps this child never had a
home and is looking to be adopted by the Father. Seeking a family is the desire
of every orphan, even if that desire is buried deep down.
part of you desires:
· a closer relationship with God, desire to
be holy and ask God for his help.
· to be found, know that God is
seeking you, calling you, and there is no need to be afraid.
· If you are not sure
what you want, simply
call to God.
Christmas is not over yet! (The Catholic Church continues
to celebrate in a special way for a whole 8 days, the Octave of
Christmas. The celebrations continue to the Epiphany, after which the
Liturgical Year enters into Ordinary Time.) So there is still time to
give yourself to Christ as a Christmas gift. And what do we do with
gifts? We wrap them. So if you want to give
yourself to Christ as a gift, wrap yourself up in Christ from the inside out.
Could this be your
resolution? This year I resolve to
give myself to Christ again, just as I was given to Him at my baptism.
know God will not be outdone in Generosity. The more we give to God the
more he gives to us. By giving, truly giving ourselves to God, he will
help us with all our needs.
a good mother is always good at the fine touches when it comes to gift giving,
we can ask our Blessed Mother to help us to give our-self to her Son throughout
the year. –Fr. Gerardus
The Greatest Gift. Do
you remember…. –Christmas
That time that you got the perfect gift? That
gift that you were so happy and excited to get, that you may have thought – I
could never be happier. Now compare that happiness to the Joy that
you experienced when you gave that perfect gift to another person. Was
the happiness that you experienced in the receiving different than the joy in
giving? It probably was, and hopefully the joy of giving was greater then the happiness of receiving.
It is quite possible that when you were
planning, packaging, and wrapping the perfect gift to give you put great care
even into that. Each step gave a certain amount of joy. Even anticipating
the expression on the person’s face and then eventually seeing it, the feelings
perhaps cannot be described with words.
The next big question is: How do you give the
perfect gift to someone who has everything? How do you give the perfect
gift to God? You give Him what he really wants! You give Him, that which
He will not take, unless it is given to Him. You give Him yourself. It is
true what Psalm 100 says: He made us, we belong to Him. But Only
after we have given ourselves to Him. It has to do with the other gift he
gave us, Free Will, a gift so we could truly experience Love and Joy.
As with most gifts, we should wrap the
gift. This does not mean that you should wrap yourself in wrapping paper
and put a bow on your head, unless you really want to J. This means that
you should wrap yourself in Christ. St. Paul tells us in Romans 13:14 “Put on
the Lord Jesus Christ.” Or in some translations to clothe yourself with Christ.
This doesn’t mean to put on a Jesus suit; this clothing is not just a cover, it
is not just an exterior thing. We also have to consider this idea to “put on
the Lord Jesus Christ” with what Jesus says in the Gospel of Matthew 23:26
“Clean the inside”. Jesus is referring to the inside of the person, that
is to say the Soul. Why? “Because if the inside is clean the outside will be.”
(Mathew 23:26). In other words, Wrap
yourself up with Christ from the inside out.
It is not always easy wrapping a gift. Often
we may have tons (okay, slight exaggeration) of paper and tape left over.
Occasionally we need some professional help (at least someone who is more
coordinated in the skill of wrapping). The same goes for wrapping oneself in
Christ. Sometimes a visit with a priest can help, whether it is in the
confessional or spiritual direction, the priest can help in finding the way.
Only Jesus the High Priest is perfect, so even though the “regular” priest is
not perfect, he can help a person to clothe himself in Christ.
The exterior wrapping
is not what gives the gift value, but it often adds value – or dignity to the
gift. The wrapping on the inside of the gift—that closeness—the
beautifying of the Soul—helps to transform your entire self into the perfect
gift for Christ—on Christmas, I mean on His Birthday. –Fr. Gerardus
Don’t forget to sing
to Jesus “Happy