Well, how about your New Year’s Resolutions? If you made one or some, have you managed to keep them – well at least, some of the time?

Well, even if you have or have not, today we have been given a New Year’s Resolution by Jesus – certainly not a new one – but one we should always keep in mind. “Repent, and believe the Good News.[1]

We can be focused too much on the moral aspect – “Repent” and although that is a requirement, we can flip the coin over on to the other side and rather look at the way we see God, his creation of us, the world and the way he has acted and acts in history.[2] Jesus not only said “Repent” but also “believe the Good News.[3]

The point is that we have and are receiving the Good News. Let us unwrap this great gift. It is a gift that contains eternal life, eternal bliss, a gift to be part of God’s Kingdom. Every new year should start with hope, let this new year not be an exception. The woes of the world yes, do exist, but remember that Christ has promised us “in the world you will have trouble, but be brave: I have conquered the world.[4]

So, believe, not just occasionally when all is going well, but also when times are hard, especially when times are hard - when times are hard for you and for others.

And keep at least one new year’s resolution: Repent and believe the Good News!

Sr. Rosaleen Shaw OP




[1] Mk.1:15

[2] Cf. https://sundaycommentaries.wordpress.com/2018/01/18/3rd-sunday-in-ordinary-time-year-b-january-21-2018/#more-1741

[3] Mk.1:15

[4] Jn.16:33


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