New Year’s Eve 2012

by Fr. Jeff

As we ring in 2012, there are many traditions to celebrate the New Year. There is the customary meal of cabbage, black-eyed peas, and ham; the fireworks; time with family; and football games galore.

When Mass began for the Vigil, I was focused on Mary, the Mother of God. “What a perfect way to start the year,” I thought as I processed in. The solemnity is deep and has much to offer. The Church has given us Mary as the model: “Do whatever he tells you.”

Before Mass began, I paused at the altar; I realized I was preparing for another tradition. With a kiss, the celebration of the mystery begins; and with a kiss, the celebration of the mystery ends.

I look forward to this New Year’s celebration because I celebrate it with her to whom I have given my life: the Church. What a perfect way to start the first New Year of my priesthood.