Have you ever heard your alarm go off in the morning only to think, "Here we go again..."? If I am honest, I don't wake up every morning with praise on my lips. It is usually more of a quiet mutter until I am conscious enough to realize I'm awake and praise God for that, though I would also praise Him for another 9 minute snooze.
If you are like me, you can get a little disillusioned with the repetitive motion of an adult life: wake up, make breakfast, clean littles, clean self, go to work, come home, make dinner, feed littles, clean littles, clean house, so on and so forth...perhaps with a little "watch the Hubs do XYZ of the above" thrown in there if yours is as big a help as mine.
Regardless, the routine can become a bit mind-numbing if we are on auto-pilot. I can find myself getting irritated at the smallest things, and thinking if I just changed something...made something over - the room, my hair, my clothes - something, I would be less uneasy. This can be projected onto those around me as well. If only so-and-so did such-and-such, things would be easier, more enjoyable, yada yada yada. Oh, Rakhi...when will you learn?
St. Paul reminds us in the readings today that with Christ, all is made new.
Brothers and sisters:
The love of Christ impels us,
once we have come to the
conviction that one died for all;
therefore, all have died.
He indeed died for all,
so that those who live might
no longer live for themselves
but for him who for their sake
died and was raised.
Consequently, from now on we regard
no one according to the flesh;
even if we once knew
Christ according to the flesh,
yet now we know him so no longer.
So whoever is in Christ is a new creation:
the old things have passed away;
behold, new things have come.
2 Corinthians 5:14-17
I am made new. You are made new. Christ has made all things new for us. Jesus continues to make all things new for us. Every day, every minute, every second...with every breath there is an opportunity to let go of our old ways and be renewed in Him.
Jesus died and rose so that we might be transformed into a new creation. Sadly, too often I look like that old sack who just hasn't quite gotten it yet. I am quick to judge, to react with anger, to jump to conclusions, to think of myself first. Still, St. Paul reminds me that in every moment there is hope. New things have come. New things are coming. Every time I approach the altar to receive my Lord, He transforms me into a new creation. He conforms my heart a little more to His. He bends my will to look a little more like His. I'm a slow learner, so it doesn't happen overnight. Yet He is there waiting to fill me, to wash me clean, to make me over until I radiate His image.
Today, allow Christ to renew you, to fill you, to wash away the past and begin a new work in you. He will make you new - today and every day.
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