Monday, December 31, 2018
Today, in Mercy, on this New Year’s Eve, our spirits are occupied with the passage of time – the endings and beginnings that compose a life.
In the public domain, this night is often characterized as one of wild celebrations, almost as if we need to prove our endurance within time.
But in the privacy of our hearts, there are the moments of quiet nostalgia, bittersweet memory, and vulnerable gratitude for all that has been in this past year and the years preceding.
On this Sacred Eve, as people of faith, we will hold time’s hourglass up to the Light of eternity, knowing that – in God – there is no time.
In God, there is only love – the only human capacity which endures beyond time. In heaven, we will not need faith because we will see. We will not need hope, because all will be fulfilled.
But we will always need love.
In the end, there are three things that last –
faith, hope, and love.
And the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13
So before the tolls welcome midnight, let us raise up to God our Eucharist of 2018:
- those whose lives have been completed; those who have just begun
- the efforts we made which succeeded; those which failed
- the dreams secured; the dreams abandoned
- the opportunities for grace that we seized; those lost which we hope to have renewed
- the prayers answered as we had desired; the prayers answered in ways we didn’t recognize
- all that we have loved; all that we hope to love more worthily
As John says in our first reading, “Children, it is the last hour …”
May we let it go with gratitude, wisdom and joy.
But as John also says in our Gospel:
In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God …
…. and from his fullness we have all received,
grace flowing upon grace …
May we welcome this grace of eternal life and hope given to us in another New Year.
Blessed 2019, dear friends.
Music: Amazing Grace ~ Salt Lake City Vocal Artists