New Year’s Day 2014

It is New Year’s Day, the Octave Day of Christmas and the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God. All three remind us of an important truth: we are part of a sequence. One year passes into another; the Incarnation marks the passage of the Creator into his creation, the intersection of eternity and time; and Mary stands as a hinge between the Old and New Covenants, making possible the fulfilment of the one and ushering in the promise of the other in the person of her Son, Jesus Christ. We look back, and we look forward, like the old pagan god Janus, after whom this month is named, but we are never alone, never complete in and of ourselves. As we pray for a blessing on the year that is to come, it’s good to remember that we are just one more link in the chain of humanity — but it is a chain which, since the Word became flesh, links heaven and earth for all eternity.

May you have a blessed 2014.


7 thoughts on “New Year’s Day 2014”

  1. Good Morning, Sister,
    In a conversation with the former Bishop of Salisbury a few years back, we discussed the image of a chain of events. He suggested that it was a derivation from Latin and that a better metaphor was a hawser with many opposing threads. A chain is dependent upon each link whereas a rope is an interdependent connection. If a thread breaks, the rope holds.
    In days like this (similar I think to the Third and Fourth century but absent Nicaea) with so many dissident points of view regarding Christian theology and practice, it is a comforting idea that what binds us to God may fray around the edges but will hold us firmly to eternal rest.
    Thank you for sharing your faith.

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