Sunday, December 28, 2014

Your Weekly Reflection from CMMB 12/29/14


Your Weekly Reflection
Blessed Christmas
“The Lord bless you and keep you! The Lord let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace!”
The Book of Numbers 6:24–26
Dear Friends

This is the prayer of Moses for his people, and it easily becomes our prayer for this New Year. Yes we can spend some time to look back and review the national and personal high lights (and low lights) of the past year. The best thing to do is hand over the past year to the Lord, entrust it to his loving, compassionate care.  

And the coming year? Surely it will have a mixture of ups and downs. Yet it is good to recall the words of St. Augustine – and recall our part in making a difference in this New Year, God’s gift of time to us. St. Augustine writes:

Bad times, troublesome times. This is what people say: Let our lives be good and the times will be good. For we make our own times. Such as we are, such are the times.

Now is the time to move ahead, with joy and hope into this New Year, with God’s blessing and with renewed belief that Jesus is Emmanuel, God with us.
Rev. Peter Schineller, SJ
All praise and glory to You, Lord of all ages. You have brought us to the end of another year of service. We praise You for the gifts You have given us, and for the ways we have been led to use them for Your people and Your world. As we begin this New Year, let Your Son be our leader and Your Spirit our guide, Your word a lamp to our feet and strength to our hearts. Help us to work for Your honor and glory and for the salvation of all Your people. Praise and honor and glory are Yours, now and evermore. Amen. 
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