Meditation for the Day

Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas, December 31

May This New Year Be Filled with God’s Blessings, As We Renew and Revitalize Our Love for God and Our Selfless and Self-sacrificing Love for One Another.

On this last day of the year, as we reflect upon the joy of Christmas and the Holy Birth of the Christ Child, and as you and I reflect upon the gift of faith which we have embraced and to which we are called to give witness each day through our words and actions, today’s Scripture Reading from the beginning of the Gospel of Saint John is most appropriate:

“And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only-begotten Son, full of grace and truth.”

Today’s Gospel, which is known as the Prologue to the Gospel of John, is a poetic and majestic statement of the major themes and focus of his Gospel. We are still in the season of Christmas. And as we approach the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, it is still Jesus’ Birth and its meaning that commands our attention and faith.

And the meaning is this – that God, in the Second Divine Person of the Most Blessed Trinity, has become a human person in our midst. And by virtue of our Heavenly Father’s infinite and profound Love for you and me, He fulfills His promises to man by sending us His Only-Begotten Son, who freely sets aside the awesome nature of His Divinity so as to take upon Himself our human nature, to be one like us in all things except sin.

In doing so, the Son of God, becoming Son of Man, gave Himself to us completely, even to the point of ignoring the shame and humiliation of Roman crucifixion, as well as enduring the horrific sufferings and an agonizing death upon His Holy Cross, so that He may teach us, His children, of God’s Divine and unfathomable Love and limitless Mercy, and that we may be reconciled to our Most Loving Father for all eternity.

And what a wonderful realization this truly is for each and every one of us!

With the end of this day upon us, we mark not only the end of a year, but the beginning of a new one. And it also raises within our imaginations thoughts about new possibilities. What has our relationship with God been like over the past twelve months, and how can we improve on this relationship of love which we have with our Creator, with our Savior and with our Sanctifier?

As we look upon the culture within which we live, we cannot help but feel a certain sadness that many people who, for whatever reason, fail to recognize or even realize the awesome Love which God has for each of His children. When one’s life is focused on anything but God, sadly, there results an emptiness which can leave one’s life feeling barren and meaningless.

But for those who have truly placed God as the focal point of their lives, then, as we read in Saint John’s First Letter, “Children…you have the anointing that comes from the Holy One, and you all have knowledge. I write to you not because you do not know the truth but because you do…”

And it is this Truth which sets us free from the emptiness which materialism gives; it is this Truth which gives us hope in the midst of despair which affects many whose lives are filled with emptiness; and it is this Truth which illumines our way, dispelling the darkness which our culture can create!

For this Truth IS Jesus Christ, “the Word made flesh”, who “made his dwelling among us”, whose “life was the light of the human race”, whose “light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

To be open to the Light, and to become part of the Light ourselves, requires each of us to be in a right relationship with God. It requires us to freely open our hearts, and to freely embrace all that our Lord is teaching us during this Most Holy Season.

As we close out the old and ring in the New Year, may our resolution be one of renewal – rekindling and revitalizing our love for God and our selfless and self-sacrificing love for one another. May we be a light to all those around us, helping to build up God’s Kingdom here on Earth – one heart, one mind, one soul, one person at a time – even if it means starting with ourselves, even if it means starting with members of our own family.

And may our resolution of renewal give new meaning and a new depth to our relationship with God, as we embrace Him as our Most Loving and Intimate Father, as we embrace Jesus, His Son, as our Dearest and Closest Brother, and as we embrace the Holy Spirit as our Most Intimate Friend.

For He is a God who freely loves us beyond all human understanding; He is a God who freely bequeaths to us the gift of faith – a love and a belief in His Merciful Presence which gives our life meaning and true purpose on this side of the eternal.

And as we set our hearts to pray in the New Year, may 2020 be a year that is filled with God’s blessings, and may His Eternal Grace and Love forever fill us with a peace and a joy which only God Himself can provide.

May God bless you, God love you, and may God keep you in His most loving embrace always.

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Please Comment, Like and Share, and Suggest to your Facebook friends – to spread the message of God’s Merciful Love.

Por favor Comente, Le Gusta y Comparta, y Sugiera a tus amigos en Facebook – en difundir el mensaje del Misericordioso Amor de Dios.

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Scripture for the Day

  • “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it…” (John 1:1-5)
  • “Know that he, the LORD, is God. He made us, we belong to him; we are his people, the sheep of his flock.” (Psalm 100:3)
  • “But you have the anointing that comes from the Holy One, and you all have knowledge. I write to you not because you do not know the truth but because you do…” (1 John 2:20-21a)
  • “But as for the seed that fell on rich soil, they are the ones who, when they have heard the word, embrace it with a generous and good heart, and bear fruit through perseverance.” (Luke 8:15)
  • “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10b)
  • “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.” (John 11:25-26a)
  • “If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31b-32)
  • “Praise God in his holy sanctuary; give praise in the mighty dome of heaven. Give praise for his mighty deeds, praise him for his great majesty…Let everything that has breath give praise to the LORD! Hallelujah!” (Psalm 150:1b-2, 6)

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Prayer for the Day

“Dear Lord, Almighty God,

We pray that this New Year will bring us closer to You.

May we take the time to get to know You better

and to love You more intimately.

“Help us to truly celebrate the gifts You have graciously given us

and use them to serve You and spread Your Truth.

May we also see and love You in all the people we meet,

so that, in turn, they are able to see You in us.

“We know that all human relationships take time

if they are to grow and deepen and mature.

This is also true of our relationship with You,

the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,

which must grow, deepen and mature over the course of our lives.

“In this New Year, with the help of Your grace,

may we realize that every action of ours,

no matter how great or small,

should emulate the selfless Love You have for each of us.

“Let us accept You in our lives in the way which pleases You,

as Truth, to be spoken,

as Life, to be lived,

as Light, to be set alit for others to see,

as Love, to be embraced,

as Joy, to be given,

as Peace, to be spread about,

as Sacrifice, to be offered from within the depths of our hearts,

for family, friends, neighbors and for all of Your children.

“We humbly ask this in Jesus’ Most Holy Name. Amen.”

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