2020 - The Window Is Open and The Light Is Shining In
Consider all our failures, all our mistakes, all our shortcomings in this last year. Consider all those words and all those actions of the past year that you’d love to take back. Over 2,000 years ago the baby Jesus, as an infant, began to make up for them. Right there in the temple, Jesus began to be what his name says he is, our Savior from sin.
Right from the very beginning, Jesus was set to go to the cross for us. That’s where he would live out and die the meaning of his name: “The Lord saves!” We confess the same, by our faith in Jesus. That’s a sure thing!
This last year did not go the way we thought it would. But the one sure thing is this: Jesus means “Savior,” and that name applied to us brings blessing! Eternal blessing! The name God himself placed on us in blessing. The name by which he marks us as his own in our Baptism.
Were your surprised the year did not turn out the way you thought it would? Life is full of surprises, both good and bad. Sometimes when we least expect it, when things look their worst, when we think life has dealt us a bad hand, God comes through with a surprise. In fact, the whole nature of the Gospel is a big surprise. Answer me this. What is something you can’t buy, you can’t steal it, nor can you work to earn it? The answer is: God’s free gift of eternal life in Jesus. Our Fathers forgiveness through Jesus. Truly a Blessed surprise!
The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the people of Israel: you shall say to them, The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them.” (Num 6:22–27)
This year will be one for the books. We will see blessings leave St. Johns and others will be brought to us. All this is perfectly timed out by our Father in heaven. All glory be given to God on high.
May 2020 be full of blessings and may you carry the name of Jesus with every moment of the year.