Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and the knowledge of the truth that is in accordance with godliness, in the hope of eternal life that God, who never lies, promised before the ages began– in due time he revealed his word through the proclamation with which I have been entrusted by the command of God our Savior, To Titus, my loyal child in the faith we share: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior. (Titus 1:1-4)
After finishing up with Judges and Ruth in my daily lectio, I thought a small dollop of New Testament was in order.
What struck me this morning was “before the ages began.” God’s perspective is likely more outside of time, rather than before or after it. I can’t really visualize or comprehend it. But I’m sure that looking in on time, God is pleased when we humans make another annual attempt at being better–better this year than last.
For me, it’s another of a numbe rof possible times to engage in turning around, in metanoia. If not January 1, there’s always, the first day of Advent, the first day of Lent, a birthday, a day when we celebrate sacramental (or other) reconciliation.
For me, it’s also a matter of picking one thing, and spending some focus on it. Long ago, I realized that a handful of resolutions is nearly useless. It’s hard enough to make significant changes in one area of life, let along a dozen.
This year, a recommittal is needed. Daily lectio. After a Fall of getting bogged down in the days of the judges, a musical production, and an Advent full of some sickness, it’s time to focus yet again. I feel confident in God’s grace, as the apostle reminds me we all share.
And peace, too. We need peace. I probably need it as much or more as anyone else.
So, friends and readers: Happy New Year. May God’s peace and grace cover your 2012, more gently and deeply than the previous year.