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Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas.

1 In. 22:12-17


We are slowly coming to the close of this old year. Some have vowed never to look back at 2020 anymore and that they are hoping 2021 will be a better year. I pray and hope that too. 2020 came with its pains, sorrows and joys and we know and we hope that 2021 will also come with its different pains, hopes, and Joys. In all of these we give thanks to God for guiding us and bringing us this far, to the close of the year.

Many of us have been devastated by the pandemic of the year 2020. This could because we were relying on our own strength and also had a great love for the things of this world. Today as we prepare to enter into the new year let's take the words of st. John, in the first reading, seriously as our measure for the coming year. "Do not love the world or the things of the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, sensual lust, enticement for the eyes, and a pretentious life, is not from the Father but is from the world. Yet the world and its enticement are passing away. But whoever does the will of GOD remains forever."

It is my prayer that as we enter the new year, our love for God the Father will grow, our desire to know and to do his will in our lives will flourish. Just as the prophetess Ann and Simeon prophesied on the life of the Infant King, may the Lord God also prophesy blessings, good health and positive thoughts on our lives in the coming year.


Fr. Tony Amissah, SVD.


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