Gospel: Luke 2:16-21.
The shepherds went in haste to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child. All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds. And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them. When eight days were completed for his circumcision, he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
We find the most joy if we seek Christ and make Him the center of our lives. But where do we begin our search? We become like the shepherds and seek Christ in the humility of the manger. Christ’s birth, despite its humble nature, holds so much promise – the promise of salvation.
As we welcome the New Year, let us humble ourselves and let Christ reign in every single day of our lives. Each day, let God unveil His plan for us. Our own plans may be good, fruitful even, but God’s plan is always far greater than we could ever imagine. We just need to keep the faith. Of course, we will need His constant guidance through His word –the Bible – and through our quiet time with Him. This year, let’s make it a habit to spend a bit of our time with Him each day, even just fifteen minutes of prayer. Then, we are guaranteed to experience the most peaceful fifteen minutes every day.
God never promised us 365 days of just smiles and laughter but we can be assured of a great journey with Him all year round. Just as the shepherds rejoiced upon hearing and seeing what they had been told, we will also be filled with joy for God remains true to His promises. Happy New Year!