Dec 31, 2014 here in Phoenix Arizona is rainy and cold. Very different from most of the year that is usually sunny and burning hot. It is a great day to be inside and reflecting on how to spend the great gift God is giving each one of us in the New Year 2015.
- 12 Months,
- 52 Weeks,
- 365 Days,
- 8760 Hours,
- 525,600 Minutes,
- 31,536,000 Seconds.
- Spend it well doing God’s will.
- Spend it pretty well trying to do God’s will.
- Spend it OK, neither do evil or good.
- Spend it not too well wasting a lot of it doing selfish things.
- Spend it badly, by disobeying God’s laws and will.
- Spend it very badly doing evil things that hurts others and yourself.
When reflecting on 1 year, Jesus’ parable about the fig tree comes to mind.
“He spoke also this parable: A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it, and found none. And he said to the dresser of the vineyard: Behold, for these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it done therefore: why cumbereth it the ground? But he answering, said to him: Lord, let it alone this year also, until I dig about it, and dung it. And if happily it bear fruit: but if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.” Luke 13:6-9
If you are reading this it means you are still alive. It also means that right now you are planted in God’s vineyard of life. It is obvious from this parable that Jesus tells, that we are planted here in this life to give fruit.
We also notice that the fig tree has been in mature, (old enough to give figs), for 3 years. And the dresser asks for one more year. So from this we can deduced that God is only going to give 4 years from maturity for us, the tree to give fruit.
Say that a man is mature to start to give fruits at the age of 15. Then say that each one of these fruit trees years could be say 5 human years. That would put this person at the age of 30 when God asks about if their life is being fruitful or just taking up ground. God then gives up to the age of 35 years to start to bear fruit or else.
- People who have done evil things to us.
- Sicknesses we had to go through.
- Negative things happening in the Catholic Church like the Synod.
- Negative things that have happened in our families.
- Failures in school, work or at home even though we tried our best.
- Evil things that have happened in the year from the news.
Then make a list of all the things we wanted to do but because of lack of faith or laziness we never accomplished.
- Things I knew I was to do, but fear and lack of faith kept me from doing them.
- Time I wasted on TV, Instagram, Video Games, Watching Sports.
How you used your money:
- The Money you gave away for good things,
- The Money you gave to charity.
- The Money you wasted on things that you did not need.
- The Money you now owe because you charged to your credit card and cause you more debt.
Then we list all the great things that happened and we were able to accomplish last year.
- Kind people and family members who did kind things for us or gave to us.
- Good news about what happened in our parish or Church.
- Things we were personally involved in the parish or Church that had a positive impact on our Church.
- Times I stepped out in faith and God helped me do something for Him.
- Miracles that happened this last year.
- New friends we have made.
- New born babies that came into our lives this last year.
- Babies we have saved from being murdered by abortion this last year.
- Prayers and Bible study we accomplished.
Then tomorrow or the day after, make a firm resolution to use this gift of life 2015 pleasing God and producing good fruits. For most people, 2015 will be spent without them having spent much time to plan. It will be lived on them. They will just go through the year as they do every year.
A very few people will live out 2015 with them being in control of their life or in other words, time. And they will have a wonderful God blessed New Year. I hope each one of you reading this will be one of those.
We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and to have the wisdom and power given to us by God to live each moment for and with God.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.