December 31, 2016 11:00 am

Recently in a homily the priest pointed out how we often compare ourselves to others. This is especially true with social media! And then he said something poignant: “If you are going to compare yourself to anyone, let it be Jesus.” Are we loving? Merciful? Welcoming? The list can certainly go on. What a beautiful meditation. Don’t compare yourself according to what others have, compare yourself to Jesus.

New Year Prayer
God, thank you for a new year. May everyone be willing to begin anew with a clean slate. We know that you are always ready to forgive us. Help us to be willing to forgive ourselves and to forgive one another.

As we begin a new year, remind us of our truest values and our deepest desires. Help us to live in the goodness that comes from doing what you want us to do. Help us to put aside anxiety about the future and the past, so that we might live in peace with you now, one day at a time. Amen.