MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Both parts of the saying are still good to say, as not only are we at the start of a new year, but we are also still in the season of Christmas.
It’s good to remember that Christmas is a season and not a day. And the season of Christmas does not begin until the evening of Christmas Eve. The time before (Advent) is for preparation, but the time we are in now is for celebration! For too many, January is somewhat of a downer – people make resolutions, give up eating, punish their bodies as if it is some official season of regret and misery!
The Season of Christmas ends at the Epiphany which is typically celebrated on January 6th, but has been moved to Sunday 8th so more people can celebrate the end of the Christmas season at Mass. Here Christmastide makes way for Epiphanytide – the season that celebrates God being made known to the rest of the world. This is symbolised by the Wise Men, but it is the mission of all Christians – now we have celebrated God’s presence amongst us, we must show His love to others. Can we do this whilst starving ourselves and exhausted from gym-overload? However this mission may well involve some thoughtful New Year’s Resolutions?
January 1st, is the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God and so we ask her to pray for us to her beloved Son for all our needs this year as we pray: Hail Mary…
Think: What resolutions could you make to better the lives of others? Write them down.