Happy New Year!

12-03-2017Catholic ThoughtsDavid Lins

What? I’m a bit early? Nope. I’m just Catholic.

Advent is the beginning of the new liturgical year and in this weekend’s Gospel, we start things at the end: Jesus’ second coming.

Mark 13 contains the end of Jesus’ public ministry. The final advice He gives before His Passion? Stay awake. Be vigilant. Pray. You do not know the hour He will return.

Seeing as we are Catholic, it is our New Year, and as New Year’s is a time for resolutions, let’s make fitting resolutions.

1. We need to stay awake to what really matters. This means we don’t get caught up in the material competition of this world. Instead, we need to invest in relationships - with God, with family, with friends, with strangers, and even with enemies.

2. We need to remain vigilant to what we allow to infect our souls. This means we tighten up our standards in all forms of media - the movies and television we watch, the radio and podcasts we listen to, and the books we read. This means we guard our conversations and the directions they take.

3. We need to be people of prayer. Not just at Mass. Not just before meals. Not just before tests or sales calls. Pray in the morning when we rise. Pray before important conversations. Pray in gratitude for blessings. Pray for trust when walking through challenges. Pray at night before we rest.

Living these resolutions will indeed make it a Happy New Year! Questions? Comments? Email David at dlins@oloj.org