It’s a New Year, and we have new opportunities and great expectations for the year to come. You have opportunities and expectations for your health, marriage, education, work and relationships. The list for 2021 is quite full. As a follower of Jesus, He will be providing many opportunities in the year to come, but He may not fulfill your every expectation. He will fulfill every promise that He has made, but not every plan that you have for Him. What an exciting year ahead. What an exciting new life - Seeking God’s opportunities and trusting in His expectations and not our own.
January 3 - Searching for Jesus
In our Gospel reading we find that Jesus seems to be lost. His parents were concerned and even returned to the last place that He had been seen. After a frantic search they find Him in His Father’s house. There are times in our life, where it seems that Jesus is lost. We might frantically search for Him, but seem to be looking in all the wrong places. May we be reminded today, that He is not lost, missing or absent in any way. He is present, exactly where He promises to be.
Readings: 1 Kings 3:4-15, Luke 2:40-52
January 10 - The Beginning
In the very beginning of our lives, God creates. It often seems like simple water, and indeed it is. Yet it is water joined to the Word of God, and through baptism God give us a new life. Life joined to Him and His promise to continue to create in us new life.
Readings: Genesis 1:1-5, Mark 1:4-11
January 17 - Greater Things
It seems that we are constantly exposed to difficult sights. We see those struggling to find food and shelter, those battling addiction and illness. We see greed and violence and abuse of positions of power. It can sometimes be difficult to see good things, not to even mention the things that could be described as great. Jesus promises Nathanael that while following Him, he will see great things. Can we believe that in this new life that God has given we also will see great and powerful things?
Readings: 1 Sam. 3:1-10, John 1:43-51
January 24 - A New Way to Fish
Jesus invites His first disciples to join Him. They immediately leave their nets and follow Him into their new lives. They are certainly ordinary people, fishermen that have little experience in “religious work.” As Jesus invites us to follow Him, He is not inviting us to some sort of religious work, but a new way to live. Could He also be inviting us to a new way to fish?
Readings: Jonah 3:1-5, 10, Mark 1:14-20
January 31 - His Power
Our “new life,” can sometimes feel a bit old and tired. An old habit that has crept back into our routine. An old way of looking at things, that once seemed forgotten, has again come into focus. We have begun to feel powerless to the evil that tempts us. Today we are reminded that Jesus has power over all evil. Even the evil that creeps back into our lives, threatens us, taunts and temps us. Evil must obey the One who loves us.
Readings: Deut. 19:15-20, Mark 1:21-28