Many of us have optimistically made resolutions at the beginning of the New Year. Unfortunately, many resolutions tend to be self-oriented. What if our resolutions for 2020 were other-oriented? How would other-oriented resolutions lead us to a stewardship way of life? Jesus had a plan. It was a plan that was undeniably other-oriented. Jesus approached those on the fringes. He embraced the abandoned. He served the poor. He confronted the sorrowful. He listened, prayed and consoled those in need. He was intentional. What would such a plan look like for us? Who around us is in need of assistance or forgiveness? Maybe they need someone to listen and pray with them. These are just a few examples of intentional discipleship.
As we enter into the New Year, let us keep the warmth and light of Jesus’ birth in the forefront of our New Year. Let us continue to be a Christ-centered, people-centered parish; a community of believers and doers. Let us continue to lift up each other and reach out to those in the margins. May God’s grace continue to pour out upon our parish in this New Year.
God bless you,