Could'a, Would'a, Should'a...

Tomorrow is not promised to anyone, young or old alike, and today may be the last chance we get to hold each other tight. So, if we’re waiting for tomorrow, why not do it today? For if tomorrow never comes, we’ll surely regret the day that we didn't take that extra time for a smile, a hug, or a kiss.

And we were too busy to grant each other, what turned out to be our one last wish. How many times do we have to say to ourselves and to others around us,” If only I had known” or “If only I had said it then." It sometimes seems we live our lives with the words” If only” on our lips. Or to put it another way, “I could have, would have, should have IF the circumstances were different, IF I had more time, IF I had given it some real thought, IF I had put away the words the devil put into my head about rejection and unforgiveness.

There’s a world of difference between “I may and I might”. A world of difference between “I’m wrong” and I’m right." A world of difference between “It’s mine for me," And a world of difference between” Let’s share and see.” New Year’s Eve is a distant memory and all the good intentions and resolutions we made on that evening are gone. Some may have lasted until midday January 1st, and most will have been broken by midnight January 31st .

We are a false and fickle people. We promise with our lips and yet, so often, our hearts are the deceivers. Fortunately Jesus says to us,” Never will I leave you nor will I forsake you”. Those words have held good for two thousand years. Jesus never leaves us. It is we who walk away from Him. It is we who, like Peter, deny Him. It is we who break our covenant with Him with our unfaithfulness in the way we treat each other. We snap and bite at each other, we gossip behind backs and we engage in character assassination with glee.

I offer you two watchwords for living our lives in 2020:

Do to others as you would have them do to you. Luke 6:31

Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business

and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before. 1

Thess. 4:1.

These words of Scripture remind us that if we want to live a life that is pleasing to God, we must care about our attitude towards others and treat all equally and mind our own business as regards to busybodying, and earn our own living so as not to be a burden to others.

God bless you all as you live in honour with the Father.

Fr. Chris

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