From The Hand of Fr. Aaron Ferris…November 26, 2017

We have come to the end of another liturgical year. We have spent a year praying our way through the great work of our salvation. We began in the darkness of Advent and remembered the darkness of our ancient ancestors before the coming of Christ. At Christmas and during the Christmas season we rejoiced in the light of Christ breaking into the world. In Lent we remembered our Lord’s great work of our salvation. This work culminates in the great event of Easter and the forty days of joy during the Easter Season. After Jesus ascends, we sends us the Holy Spirit on Pentecost so that we can go and live extraordinary lives during Ordinary Time.

As we come to the end of this year, we prepare to begin another year of journeying through the mysteries of our salvation. It is good to take a look back over this year to look for two things. First, we are called to look for how God has acted in our lives. How has God been bringing the mysteries of our salvation to bear in our lives? How has the Father been watching over us this past year? How has the Holy Spirit been inspiring and guiding us? How has Jesus been with us each and every day?

It is important that we take stock of this. Along with recognizing how God has been at work in our lives, we also need to take stock of how we have (or not) responded to the Lord. If the Holy Spirit has been calling out to us, have we said yes to His inspirations? We know the Father has been watching over us; have we given Him thanks for His love and mercy? Have we been attentive to Jesus’ presence?

Knowing how God has been continuously present in our lives, we can step forward into a new year with greater confidence. Knowing how we have been responding to the Lord also gives us a chance to make changes in our lives moving forward. It is true for everyone that we could always do better. Each new year provides the opportunity for us to take stock, begin again, and do better in concrete ways.

Thanks be to God for the new year of grace that is at hand, and thanks be to God that He continues to be faithful to us so that we can grow in our fidelity to Him.

Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron R. Ferris Ordination Date: June 6, 2009 Pastor, St. Anthony Parish (Saranac) and St. Mary’s Parish (Lowell) 402 Amity Street Lowell, MI 49331 Phone: 616-897-9820
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