Happy New Years, everyone! Tis the year my seasonal articles seem all out of order, but at least there’s some rhyme and reason to it.
Today is the beginning of Advent, the time of waiting. In the Catholic Church, it is a new liturgical year. For most Catholics, that means changing of the liturgy books. For Protestants, it means nothing. For a long time, I hadn’t ever thought about this being the “new year”. It’s usually been “this is the start of the Christmas season”, which actually started the day after Thanksgiving. Talking with people and reflecting on the meaning of the birth of Christ has finally started to turn things around for some of my fellow Christians and me.
Today really is the beginning of the new year. The church celebrates the coming of Christ and, at the same time, as we read the prophecies of old and the foretelling by the Christ, we look forward to Him coming again. “Be vigilant” is the word of the year. Be ready for his coming.
This year, looking at today as a new year, it feels more like I’m launching into something new, and that my Christmas is the beginning of something exciting and invigorating rather than being the book-end to the old year, which I’d rather forget.
There’s plenty of time to make new year resolutions, but whether you pick today or the coming celebration in 28 days, don’t let it be merely for the sake of a “new year”.
And lastly, don’t bother checking this blog on “New Years Day”, ’cause I probably will not have written anything then… as if I write much now, haha.