By Fr. K.K. John
“If any one is in Christ, he is a new
creation,” 2Cor 5:17.
We are, by the grace of God, once again in the
threshold of a new year according to English calendar.
People are more interested in secular New Year than
Church New Year because of the celebrations. Today’s
celebrations are mostly drunken stupor adapting
But there is deeper meaning to it.
“January” is derived from pagan Roman god of the
beginning, “Janus”. Thus January became beginning of
the year. Specialty of Janus is, he has two heads and
four eyes. When one faces front the other faces back.
This myth has a special meaning. He can look back and
forward at the same time. So it is intended that on
this day people look back and evaluate what happened
in the past and look forward to future with added
determination, vigor and hope.
We all are familiar
that every business takes inventory, prepares balance
sheet and assesses profit and lose at the end of each
fiscal year. They will also rectify pitfalls of the
past and to go forward profitably. The same measure is
needed in our personal life too.
Firstly, we ought to consider countless favors that
we received from God, which in our frailty, forgot to
count. Our life itself is a gift of God and need be
thankful for our very existence, Ps 116:12. When we
consider manifold blessings we received from God we
will have no difficulty to hopefully trust in God for
all our future needs.
Secondly, we ought to evaluate where we failed and
explore reasons for such failures and take remedial
measures to prevent recurrence. Crumbled relationship
and perennial despair, despite social advancements,
are special features of our time. Failure is a
stepping-stone to success. St Paul strengthens us,
“forgetting those things which are behind and reaching
forward to those things which are ahead, I press
toward the goal for the prize,” Phil 3: 13-14.
Let us go forward with prayer, “Lord guide my each
step. Renew me each day. Guard me from dangers,
profanity, immorality, gossip, injustice, and all that
prevent me from Your grace. Help me to discern greater
values and esteem others better than me.
May your New Year day happiness linger thought out the
Year End Thanksgiving to God
We have reached the end of the year. It is a time to express our thanks to God for the great
things he has done this past year.