For a long time, I did not make New Year’s Resolutions. Reason being, I did not stick to them. Moreover, I made them and broke them pretty quickly. But in the spiritual life, it does seem important to recognize how God deals with our brokenness. Today the readings hold out to us the great promise that God constantly loves us. Even when we sin, God still loves us. God extends forgiveness. Which gives me a reason to make resolutions again. Even when I fail, I can start over. Even if I do not succeed at first, I can begin again. This is the message of the gospel, and the biggest resolution for all of us. We are called to share the Good News of God’s love with everyone. So keep those resolutions!
Homily recorded at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, University City, Missouri on January 20, 2019.