Start Living a New Life
Have you ever had a point in your life where you were made to start over? It could be you moved to a new place, meeting new people and making a new life for yourself. Perhaps you started a new job, learning your place in the field. When we start over, there's a chance to leave a different impression of yourself, your personality, qualities, physical appearance, status. We all have some form of opportunity to start over, especially in our faith. Starting at baptism, we are free from Original Sin, filled with the fullest extent of God's love and grace. Baptism symbolizes a new life. The great thing about faith, is that no matter how far you fall, how much you may stray, there's always a chance to come back and start over, seen through confession, through the power of prayer, and the great gift of Christ for us through the Eucharist. Pope Francis tells us: “Forgiveness is not a result of our efforts, but is a gift. It is a gift of the Holy Spirit who showers us with mercy and grace that pours forth unceasingly from the open heart of Christ crucified and risen.” God's great gift of love brings us the gift of grace, and new life. Is there a greater fresh start?
Today's Gospel states: 'Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel." And passing along by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, "Follow me and I will make you become fishers of men." And immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zeb'edee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. And immediately he called them; and they left their father Zeb'edee in the boat with the hired servants, and followed him' (Mark 1:14-20).
Today's reading talks about how Jesus is a fisher of men. When he calls the disciples, they immediately get ups and follow him, leaving their previous lives behind. We too have this opportunity, each and every time we sin, to be forgiven. That doesn't mean we go out and live a life of sin purposefully, but through God's grace, we are given the chance to live the best life we can, one of love, and start over. Take some time to pray and ask God to help you renew your life through Confession.
Today we pray:
Thank You for giving me new life through Jesus, Your Son. Help me to repent and continually go to confession, to be free from my sins and truly open to living a life of love in Your grace.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.