A reflection for Wednesday, December 31, 2014 – the seventh day within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord – fromDaily Prayer 2015, a book of prayer for each day of the liturgical year, authored by Rev. Stephen S. Wilbricht, C.S.C.:
What is it that makes New Year’s Eve so attractive to us? Deep down, whether we are conscious of it or not, the answer has to be the desire for new beginnings, the yearning for the chance to start over. The Gospel for today speaks about the beginning, when all things shone brightly with God’s radiant light. We make it our prayer today to truly let go of those things that keep us in darkness so that we may reflect the light of Christ.
The Word of God was sent to enlighten the world, with faith we pray:
You are our light and our peace, O Lord.
That all Christians may end 2014 with the desire to join hands in friendship and harmony, we pray: That all politicians and government leaders may walk in the light of truth and desire true justice for their people, we pray: That all who celebrate New Year’s Eve may be kept safe, we pray: That we may be grateful for God’s blessings received during this past year, we pray: That the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, may rest in peace, we pray:
Our Father …
in the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with you.
In time, you sent the Word into the world
as our Savior and Redeemer.
May we come to this year’s end
hopeful in your promise
to make all things new.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus
Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity
of the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever.