Wednesday, January 1, 2014
new beginning and reflection
Good evening brothers and sisters,
Today's reading invites us to reflect on our lives in the light of eternity. God is eternal and we are temporary. One good question to start the new year is: how do I want to grow in my faith this year. Thinking about what we want our life to be about is a good way to begin.
1Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.
2Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth
and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
3You turn us back to dust, and say, “Turn back, you mortals.”
4For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past,
or like a watch in the night.
5You sweep them away; they are like a dream,
like grass that is renewed in the morning;
6in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers.
7For we are consumed by your anger; by your wrath we are overwhelmed.
8You have set our iniquities before you,
our secret sins in the light of your countenance.
9For all our days pass away under your wrath; our years come to an end like a sigh.
10The days of our life are seventy years, or perhaps eighty, if we are strong; even then their span is only toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away.
11Who considers the power of your anger?
Your wrath is as great as the fear that is due you.
12So teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart.