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New year, new beginning, new purpose, new vision

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Rev. Fr. John Damian


The New Year experience is like the experience of a young student, who made a lot of mistakes, while writing. Each time he made a mistake, he tried to erase the ink with spittle. But the more he tried to do this, the uglier the paper got, and at times, part of the paper was torn. One day, the teacher saw him struggling to erase an error. The teacher smiled and told him, “Don’t worry John. Instead of messing up your paper, all you need to do is to cross out the error and continue on a fresh line. When I see the crossed line, I will definitely understand that it was a mistake.”

John was relieved, when he discovered that the teacher understood even his mistakes. That was exactly what our Lord Jesus Christ did for us in this New Year. He came to wipe away our sins with His precious blood. We are discharged and acquitted!

Thank God, you finally made it! Those who thought you would not live to see 2019 must be disappointed. Congrats! And now that you have made it, remember, to whom much is given much is expected. First, you need to let go of the past. As the Lord declares through the prophet Isaiah 43:18-19, “Do not remember the former things or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” The past has nothing to offer. The past can never come back again. We cannot undo past mistakes. So, forget the past and focus on the future.

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As long as this New Year is concerned, there is still hope! Even if you are the worst sinner, the Lord God is ready to accept you. He is giving you another chance. The Lord declares through the prophet Isaiah 1:18, “Come now, let us argue it out, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be like snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land.” With God’s mercy, you can always begin anew.

With our Lord Jesus Christ, nobody can condemn you. As St. Paul declares in his second letter to the Corinthians 5:17-20 “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!” You are not just an old person that was transferred into a new year. Even your life has been transformed. You are a new creature!

Finally, as the Lord has transformed your life, everything around you is transformed. The Lord declares through Isaiah 65:17 concerning this New Year: “For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth … and its people as a delight. I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and delight in my people; no more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it, or the cry of distress. 20 No more shall there be in it an infant that lives but a few days, or an old person who does not live out a lifetime…”

Child of God, in this New Year, your case is settled! You shall not labour in vain. You will surely enjoy the fruit of your labour. And it shall be well with you, in Jesus’ name, Amen!


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