New Year’s Day

Friday, January 1


Nm 6:22-27
Ps 67:2-3,5-6,8
Gal 4:4-7
Lk 2:16-21


So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God Gal. 4:7

When eight days were completed for his circumcision, he was named Jesus, the name
given him by the angel before he was conceived in the womb. Luke 2:21

Today is the first day of the rest of your life is a phrase that fits this day, the first day of a
new year. In the readings for today this child begins life with the name Jesus, and we are
reminded that we are children of God.

With this reminder, how do we want to begin this new page of a new chapter in the book
of our lives as heirs, as children of God. This past year had many challenges for a lot of
us. What are the insights that we want to bring from those experiences into these pages?

Scripture says that Jesus grew in wisdom, age and favor with God. We also are offers the
opportunity for our continued growth in wisdom and awareness of our favor with God,
with age being a complementary consequence. The beginning of a new year offers time to
reflect on how we want this growth to appear in the new chapter our lives.


Loving God, as we begin this New Year open our hearts to hear your messages of being
your beloved heirs as we continue to write in the book of our lives.

Personal Challenge

What will I begin writing on this new page of my life as the child of a very loving God?

Sister Rose Ann Hefner, CSJ
Charleston, WV

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