Greetings and may God bless you this day. Today’s readings are for March 25; however I am writing this on Sunday, January 4, 2009. I have never been one for New Year’s resolutions, probably because of my lack of success in keeping them. This year seems different somehow. ’08 was a bad year in many ways, and, like many others, I worry about the future.
Fr. Rob in his sermon today reminded us that the root cause of the current financial crisis was the consumptive lifestyles of our society and ourselves. The sin of greed and our “me” culture has shaped our priorities and our behavior. My “lust” for food and lack of self discipline (exercise, etc...) has made me resemble our bloated economy.
Jeremiah tells us not to throw away the old but to use it to rework and reshape (potters wheel) our lives to the glory of God. The Psalm reassures that we will be vindicated from our current persecutions by God’s grace and that we should not fear change. Paul urges us to live “in the spirit,” and this will give us the strength to overcome our weaknesses of the flesh. Finally, John quotes Jesus’ wonderful promise that He is the bread of life and that through Him we have eternal life. We don’t need Haggen Daz ice-cream.
Things must change, and I am confident they will. Scripture, for me, has the power to inspire, inform, and motivate – all at the same time. Today’s sermon and today’s readings have strengthened my resolve to make those changes in my personal life that will help make me a stronger, healthier, and better citizen of God’s kingdom here on earth. I look forward to reading this again on March 25 and to seeing how well I have done. With God’s blessing and real effort on my part, I know it will work.