At this time of year, we think about new beginnings. We have a new pastor and associate pastor. The school kids just began a new year. At OLG, we have many new students, and a number of new families in the parish. It’s an exciting time, and one full of promise. What will the coming year hold? Parishioners wonder, What will our new priests be like? What kind of changes will they bring? Students may think What new things will I learn? What new friends will I make? What new challenges will I achieve?
Today’s readings also speak of new beginnings. In the second reading, Paul tells us that Abraham is ready to try something new as God called him to journey to a new land that he would receive as an inheritance. In the Gospel, Jesus tells the disciples to be prepared for something new, because at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.
Now is a good time to see if there are some new beginnings we can make. Let me suggest a few. Find time to be with God each day, even if it’s 10 or 15 minutes. Have a conversation with the Lord. Give your joys and worries to him, and God’s love will transform them. Be sure to nurture your friendships. Friends are gifts from God who give us a greater appreciation of God’s love for us. Friends need our time and love. Get healthy. You see stories on TV and in the newspaper all the time about how Americans need to be fit. Studies show that many Americans are accelerating their own decline into premature old age, because of poor diet and lack of physical activity. Be a good steward of your body.
It’s easy to get comfortable doing things the way we’ve always done them. To be good stewards, we have to be ready to try something new when God calls us. Pray that we can be like Abraham, our father in faith who put his trust in God. Like Abraham, God has wonderful things in store for us, if we answer his call.
Tony Cooper-Stewardship and Development