In reflecting on today’s readings, my own personal relationship with God comes to mind. At the end of each year, when News Year's Eve rolls around and I begin thinking about resolutions, I always find myself pledging to commit to building a better relationship with God. It may be because I have just come off the high of the Christmas season where we celebrated his birth and renewed our faith in him. It might have been the feeling I got at midnight mass when I sang “O Holy Night” and was literally moved to tears. It could also be because by the time the end of the year rolls around each year, I have reflected and realized that I didn’t commit enough to my own spiritual journey.
Whatever the reason, there is always some sort of peace that washes over me when I realize that no matter what deterred me from remaining dedicated to my faith over the past year, that when I call to God, he will be there for me unconditionally. His answer may not present itself in the most obvious ways, but I have found that if I am truly present to the moment each day and continue to pray and seek His guidance, love and support, he can and will respond in the most profound of ways. So this year, I will continue to explore the depths of my spiritual life. I will again recommit to building my relationship with God, and this year, I will strive to be present in each moment and look for the messages God is sending my way.