Some of us will make a New Year’s resolution as we begin 2017. Statistics show that most of us will not live out our resolution beyond the first few weeks of the year. We have to ask ourselves if we were reasonable in what we promised to do, or if we were really all that committed to the resolution to start with!
Perhaps this year, our goal should be realistic, have lasting impact on our lives, and the lives of those with whom we interact. Maybe this is the year we should focus on living and growing in faith.
Faith is a gift from God offered to each of us. Faith, too, requires an openness to the One who knows and loves us more than we know ourselves. Faith is a living entity. It can grow, it can remain stagnate, or it can be lost.
Perhaps our resolution this year might be just this simple: let us promise to be open to Jesus – every day. This is a resolution worth keeping!
“I invite all Christians,
at this very moment,
to a renewed personal encounter
with Jesus Christ,
or at least an openness to
letting him encounter them;
I ask all of you to do this
unfailingly each day.”
~Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel, 3