So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!” (2 Cor 5:17). As we enter the New Year, we all expect to receive a new beginning in Jesus. All the troubles and sorrows that we are experiencing in our life will pass away. What will remain with us is the soul and charisma that God has bestowed in us. “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end.” (Lamentations 3:22). It is only God alone who can give us a new life and God experience. This world or any other forces can never give us a new life. But keep Jesus as our centre and wish for a new life. He will rebuild us into a new being.
Why we are desperate, why we feel our life is meaningless because we have not found the proper purpose of our life. The purpose of life that encourages us to move ahead. If our purpose is wrong then our life will also falter. It is important to have a correct purpose in life. St. Paul says: “So I do not run aimlessly, nor do I box as though beating the air.” (1Cor 9:26). St.Paul's purpose was to live for God. Jesus called. He understood to live for Jesus is the most wonderful life he would have. He decided to give all his abilities and life for Jesus. He achieved many souls for Jesus. He said “For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain.” (Phil 1:21). Dear brother and sister, God has a purpose for our lives. Our call is to carry out the purpose of God. St. Paul achieved that.
The Bible speaks about David “For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, died, was laid beside his ancestors, and experienced corruption.” (Acts 13:36). The God who created us has got a plan and aim for us. When we realise and work towards that then our life becomes successful. One of the reasons why our life is meaningless is because we have not realized the purpose of life. . It is only through prayer that God will reveal to us the reason why he has created and called us. The people who are not able to realise this are like the boxing in the air. He will always be disappointed.
Friends you who are entering the New Year decide to live your life for God. Try to be with God. There are many things in this world that will keep you away from Jesus. Identify this. It is important that you understand individuals and things who try to distance you from Jesus. Then only you can understand what Jesus can work through you. Word of God says in 2 Chronicles 16:9 “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the entire earth, to strengthen those whose heart is true to him.” Surrender yourself to Jesus. Take a decision to live a life for Jesus. Jesus has a purpose for you. Be in prayer to understand what Jesus is going to do through you. In this New Year become a new person who obeys the will of God. Let God Bless You - Wish you all the Best for a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Rom 15:13)
Blessing you with all my heart!
Fr. John Kanichery V.C