Today is New Year’s Eve. It is a day of reflection of this past year, to make a resolution to improve the year to come and start anew.
It is very similar to going to the Sacrament of Reconciliation where we make an examination of conscience (a reflection on what we have done in the past) and a resolve to improve ourselves and avoid those occasions of sin. Once we have been absolved from our sins we are made anew thanks to God’s infinite mercy and Christ’s blood poured out for many.
The healing power of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the abundant Mercy of God and the graces received is truly transformative. When one encounters Christ with a contrite heart and faith in Him you will not be the same person again. A perfect example is Mary Magdalene (a prostitute) coming to our Lord and washing his feet with her tears for she loved Christ and despised her sinful life. Jesus then says to her “Your sins are forgiven”. After this she was not the same person again and became a Saint!
I encourage you (if you haven’t already) to go to confession this weekend, in preparation for this holy day of obligation – January 1st – and make a resolution to live a life worthy of God. Easier said than done I know, but God works with us at the stage we are in – we just need to surrender to Christ and He will lead you.
May God bless you all in this new year!