Our readings today help us begin our New Year with the joyous assurance that God is with us and hears the prayers of our hearts. The Scriptures affirm and remind us that God has so often forgiven our sins that we should not sin today, even though we can trust in God’s mercy for the times we do sin.
In his letter of March 1865 to Mrs. D’Audigne, Saint Peter Julian Eymard assured her that “God loves us personally with a great benevolent love, with an infinite and eternal love.” God has always loved us and will always love us.
Today’s psalm beckons us to praise and exalt our heavenly Father above all for his love and open heart. Perhaps it also reminds us that to praise is not simply to thank God but to actually lift him above all with all our love, hearts, and strength. God is with us—we are never alone! Through the love and sacrifice of Jesus, we have the gift of the Eucharist, and we are empowered to live a life of faith and charity to those in need by the power of the Holy Spirit. Because of God’s love for us and our love and faith in our Savior, we are empowered through the Eucharist to denounce the evils existing in our world.
Only in God can we feel ultimate peace. When we are still and silent amidst the world’s noise, allowing our minds to clear, we are freed to feel God’s presence within us and hear the promptings of the Holy Spirit who will guide us on our life’s journey.
Can we silence all noise and spend time contemplating the greatness of God? Can we see the good existing through the faith of God’s children amid the world’s turmoil?
Let Us Pray:
I lift my heart to you, O loving Father. I open my eyes and see your splendor in all you have created. Thank you for your love and help me to look beyond myself today and see your loving presence surrounding me. Amen.
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