Sunday October 20, 2019
4:38 pm

Faith and trust in abundance allows us to embrace the unknown – the promise of a new beginning

      The month of June is one of my favorite months for many reasons. Okay, yes, my birthday falls in June, but I digress. So many other wonderful things happen in June that I’ve always rejoiced in that it was a joyful month of new beginnings.

      Who could argue what a relief it is to be past the winter that just didn’t want to end?  Snow, subzero temperatures, early sun downs, long days stuck in the house. But now that it is June, bad weather wins out and is slowly giving way to sun, blue skies and – thank you Lord – warmth.

      Just look around; open your eyes, ears and hearts. There are things all around you that signal new beginnings. Drive down the street on a Saturday morning. Most likely you’ll see a church filled with family and friends celebrating a wedding, a new love, new family and a new life together.

      June is also traditionally the month for ordinations in our diocese. This weekend, Deacon Declan McNicholas became Father McNicholas and Jacob McDaniel was ordained to the transitional diaconate – scheduled to be ordained to the priesthood in 2020. We can well imagine that their hearts are full of the possibilities that await them as they start their own new beginnings serving God’s people.

      Isn’t it odd, though? We all look forward to new things, such as a new baby, a new car, a new house, even a new job. We have an innate trust that these “new things” will be a good thing, bringing us happiness, joy and satisfaction.

      But when it comes to new beginnings in terms of our own lives, that’s not always the case. We look at the road ahead and start worrying about all the things that could go wrong. We toss and turn in our beds; our heads ache; our stomachs churn. Why do we have more trust that the new “stuff” we bring into our lives will be good than putting our trust in the hands of the Master Planner? Why do we find it so hard to put our lives in the hands of our Creator?

      In the Book of Revelation, St. John writes: “I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, God’s dwelling is with the human race. He will dwell with them and they will be his people, and God himself will always be with them [as their God]. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, [for] the old order has passed away. The one who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.’ Then he said, ‘Write these words down, for they are trustworthy and true.’” (21:3-5)

      God will always be with us and he will make all things new.

      When Jesus came into our world, he did so as an innocent, vulnerable baby. This new life gradually filled us with a longed-for hope for all of humankind. Through Jesus, the seed was planted and faith for salvation began to grow.

      We long for the past because it is what we know – it’s familiar, it’s comfortable. Some pine for the good old days. When we mire ourselves in the past, we risk missing the beauty of what the future might hold. There is a delightful grace and peace of mind to be had when we finally let go and put ourselves in the hands of God with decided faith and trust.

      St. Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 17: “So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come.”

      Faith and trust. Do we have enough faith to believe we are that new creation in Christ? Do we have enough trust to let go and embrace the promise of all the new beginnings coming from our God?

      “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland” (Isaiah 43:18-19)

      Hope for new beginnings is always there for the taking.

 

      Debbie Bosak is the editor and general manager of the Northwest Indiana Catholic. Email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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