Carrie M. Mitchell, CLM
Some people believe if we are to accomplish the work God has for us to do it is up to us. We pray to earn Gods favor, maybe we will even read the Bible more and memorize a few verses. It is human nature to coerce growth from our lives. This may be a shocker to a few of you, if you strive to do all God has for you to do under your own power, or authority you will become exhausted, agitated and eventually give up. You will give up trying to become a student of Jesus Christ.
In John 15, Jesus tells us we are His branches and that He is the vine that brings nourishment. If this is true, then why are we trying to take on the responsibility that belongs to Jesus? We have just one responsibility in this case and that is to except and receive from the vine the nourishment. If we recognize that we receive nourishment from the vine through the Holy Spirit our relationship with Jesus would go deeper than the sea. Only then would Jesus not mean more to us but our relationship with Him would becoming the most important thing in our lives. What would the world look like if we were to live into this? How would communities change?
PRAYER FOR THE NEW YEAR
We thank You, Lord Jesus, because of the Father’s love, with which You came to save the world, has been proclaimed far and wide, as a gift of the Holy Spirit that fills us with gladness. We thank You for the gift of Your Life, which You have given us by loving us to the end: Your Life makes us children of God, brothers and sisters to each other.
Increase, O Lord, our faith and our love for You. Grant us to be faithful witnesses to your Resurrection, for the younger generation, that, in knowing You, they may follow You and find in You their peace and joy. You who, in becoming man, chose to belong to a human family, teach families the virtues which fills l the family home. May families be united, as You and the Father are one, and may they be living witnesses of love, justice and solidarity; make them teachers of respect, forgiveness and mutual help, so, that the world may believe; help them to be the source of forms of firm Christian commitment. It is my utmost prayer for the Church to flourish and grow richer in the fruits of holiness. Give us strength to proclaim Your word with courage in the work of the new evangelization, so, that the world may know new hope, and see the new hope in the world. Amen.