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Lamplighter - Fr. Ralph

posted Oct 29, 2015, 12:42 PM by St. Thomas Church   [ updated Dec 29, 2017, 6:58 AM ]

Time flies.  It flies whether I am having fun or not.  2018 is upon us.  When I was younger, those with more maturity than I said that time goes faster the older you get.  I don’t think that is actually true, but it can feel like it.  What may be more accurate is that the older a person gets; the more valuable time is for us.  As we speed into the new year, join me in taking some time to think about how we want to use our time in the new year.  You could think of this as me inviting us all to have a new year’s resolution, but what I’m really wanting is for us to imagine how to live in 2018 so that next December we look back and be pleased about how we used our time. 

It could help for us to think about 2018 as the year of the Fruit of the Spirit.  Here’s how Paul lists them in his letter to the Galatians, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”  Let’s make these qualities our own.  There may be one or two of them that will be a challenge.  Don’t be daunted.  Seek to be filled with the Holy Spirit and you will receive divine help.  Persist. 

If you are like me, motivation can be an issue.  God wants to help us.  This year, keep praying and asking God to help you exhibit these behaviors more and more. “Lord, help me to love.”  “Lord, help me to be kind.”  “Lord, help me to be gentle”.  If you are really bold, ask a few friends to help you.  You can tell them what your goal is and invite them to watch your life and help you achieve this manner of life.  If you do, if I do, we will look back on 2018 and be pleased.  God will be too.  We will have imitated His Son.