Happy New Year Everyone!!
How many of us have made New Year’s Resolutions for 2014? A “resolution” is “A firm decision to do something”. A resolution involves both decision and determination. When we make resolutions, we are deciding to cast something off and take on something new!
In the Epistle to the Colossians, Paul was calling the church to make faith resolutions. The church in Colossae had grown comfortable in old and bad ways and had fallen into some serious ruts- as if they had made a resolution and broken it. They had forgotten the new way and slipped back. So, the Lord, through the apostle Paul was calling them to make a resolution and get back on track.
Their situation was liked to old and new garments. Here is what the old garment looked like: Sleeves of Impurity, sexual immorality, lust, evil desires and greed. The body of the garment was: Anger, rage, filthy language, malice and slander. Not very pretty! On the other hand, here is what the new garment to be put on: Sleeves of Compassion, kindness, humility, a body of gentleness and meekness and a collar of patience. It is wonderful to try on and buy new clothes-especially when they have been tailored to fit. This new garment was a perfect fit because it is tailored with the character of Jesus.
Today, here and now, we have an opportunity to make New Year’s resolutions. We can make them in two ways, on a personal level on our own…or as a church. How about this…In our own lives, let us resolve to know Jesus more and build our relationship with Him. And…As a church, we resolve to build new relationships with each other and reach out to others in our community –particularly at this critical time in the life of our parish.
We are called to be more like Jesus. It’s a struggle to cast off old familiar ways. But, every time we actively cast off the old and put on the new, we are resolving to build and strengthen our relationships.
My friends, at the dawn of a new year, let us be firm in these resolutions.
Happy New Year!