2016 is here.
What are your immediate thoughts, imagination,and or feelings, when you think of 2016?
Me? I want to make it better than 2015. For me and for my family.
2015 was riddled with different concerns, I was job-hopping, bills had to be paid, my resources were dwindling fast,we had family health issues..the list seemed endless.
But then, someone was looking out for me. My Great Provider sent me the work that will help me continue bringing food, paying our bills, saving for emergencies, etc.
This 2016 there will be bills to pay, issues to face, problems to solve.
But just like last year, the year before that and way back more than two thousand years ago, we do not face it alone.
Today’s homily told me and all listeners that we have to take courage, for the Lord our God is here. The priest talked about the Epiphany of the Lord. That He is introducing Himself to us as the new year unfolds. Jesus is telling us that we have nothing to fear as He walked on water. Jesus says
He is the Great PROVIDER.
Mark 6:45-52 talks about the feeding of 5000 men, not counting women and children. Why do you worry about what you are to eat?
He is the All-knowing TEACHER.
Mark 6: 34-44 shows that Jesus “was moved with pity…and He began to teach them many things.” Why do you crack your brain, trying to solve it yourself?
He is a HEALER.
Mt 4:12-17, 23-25 paints Jesus healing “all who were sick with various diseases and racked with pain. Why are you losing hope?
2016 may not be problem-free.
But remember that Jesus is our Teacher. He will show us the way. The solution to any problem is ready, even before you encounter the problem.
He is our Healer. There is no disease that He cannot heal. And healing comes in many forms.
He is our Provider. We have overcome any amount of bills. We have not been hungry. We have food on our table. We have clothes on our backs. We have roof on our heads.
All you need to do is accept that He has always taken care of all your needs. Until now.
Recognize that He is always with you and because of that, no amount of attacks can sap your strength. Because His Grace is Enough( according to St Paul 2 Corinthians 12:9). You can carry your yoke with grace.
Renew your mind
“Do not conform to the ways of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” .(Romans 12:2)
See your blessings. Accept them. Express gratitude for them. You’ll be surprised that you are actually inundated with, and swimming in a sea of blessings.