Saturday of the Second Week

Readings

Sir 48:1-4, 9-11
Ps 80:2ac and 3b, 15-16, 18-1
Mt 17:9a, 10-13

Reflection

By this time in December many of us are starting to think about the fresh start we will have with the dawn of a new year.  Many times we starting thinking about all of the new habits, routines, or resolutions we will implement in order to improve our lives in some way.  Oftentimes experiencing a fresh start or new life is something that we tend to attempt to conjure up by our own strength and our own doing.  In attempting to create a new life by our own strength, we often grow weary and sometimes feel burdened by the pressure we have placed on ourselves.
 
However, Psalm 80:18 reminds us that we don’t have to conjure up a fresh start.  Jesus has made a way for us to experience a deep and fulfilling new life in Him.  Jesus paid the price for us to experience a fresh start and a new life.  We don’t have to be bogged down by the pressure of sustaining our new and improved lives because Jesus offers that to us freely.  Furthermore, not only does Jesus offer us a new life, but the rest of verse 18 reminds us that we can call upon the Lord to get us through those difficult times.  
 
Starting fresh is full of bumps in the road which can sometimes become discouraging, but in Christ we don’t have to be discouraged.  In Christ, we can be encouraged that The Lord is not only in control, but He is also helping lead us every step of the way.
 
So, as we head into the holiday season, be encouraged that Jesus makes a way for us all to experience a fresh start and a new life.  We can take comfort in the fact that we have total and complete access to The Lord and when in need of help, we simply need to call upon his name.
 
Alysse Hogan
Community Director
Camino and Founders Hall