January 17, 2022

Christmas celebrations are over, and the decorations are put away. We’ve celebrated the feast of the Epiphany and his Baptism. It’s a new year and time for resolutions about things in our lives that need change or improvement. Many have promised to stay on a diet we heard about or go to a gym to get in shape. Maybe you’ve wanted to join the choir or try writing, perhaps offering to help a shut-in or provide transportation to someone who needs it. My advice to myself is to do whatever I can and strive to do it really well. No, I won’t be joining the choir, but I have decided to try to delight God.

My plans are to spend some time calming busy days, trimming my to-do lists, and growing in my relationship with the Lord. I’d like to find one of his beloved creatures who is lonely or just needs someone to listen. A touch of his amazing grace can make an emphatic difference in one’s life. Maybe they’d like to walk the labyrinth at the retreat center with me, praying simple prayers as we go, considering who we really are, who we are meant to be. Am I so caught up in fulfilling my own needs that I have forgotten those around me? Some neighbors have not yet come back to church after the pandemic, and I hope that they’ll return with me with some gentle coaxing.

Saint Peter Julian Eymard stresses the importance of giving of ourselves to others. Are you willing to turn away from your old habits and seek his ways? Are you willing to wrap yourself in Christ’s attributes of humility and gentleness, forgiveness and love? When we begin living for God, we become more and more like Christ.

Let us pray.

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart, naught is all else to me, save that thou art. Then my best thought by day and by night, waking or sleeping, thy presence my light. Be thou my wisdom, thou my true word; I ever with thee, thou with me, Lord. (8th Century Irish Prayer)


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About Nancy MacRoberts

Nancy is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament at Corpus Christi parish in Houston, TX.