In ancient Rome, to start the New Year, all the gates of the city and doors of the houses were opened.They believed that prosperity was provided for all residents and members of the household.
We as Christians, starting the New Year do the same.
Today, we call Mary, the Gate of Heaven and thru her intercession, the gates are opened and we give ourselves to God by this action.
In the first reading from the book of Numbers, we hear the most beautiful words of God spoken to man--"May the Lord Bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace."
The request for God to bless, guard and bestow grace and peace are not popular today.
It is better to say Happy New Year. But is there anything in these words that are good wishes? It is just a nice slogan that we often use these days. Because can you give it as a gift?
To make our life happy we need God to give this to us. We need HIs peace. Defined in the Old Testament, peace is not only a state without war, but mainly PEACE is the sum of all a good man can receive from God.
Through out the year we realize that in time we are suspended between past and future. We see and experience how incredibly fast the future becomes the present and moves into the past. Therefore, it is good if we ask ourselves, how can we make this new time better.
What can I do so that I become better?
There is no time to pause, we cannot afford to. As time flows, we must also move forward to each new moment and receive it as a gift from God.
As we step back and look to the future, the church wishes us to reflect the face of God. It is the wishes and blessings that we receive that add strength to the implementation of plans and dreams of their own. But mainly to look for opportunities in the coming year to grow stronger, so that our relationship with God is more alive. And though faith is not visible, not immediately, it is like WIFI because it has the power to connect us with our last resort--God.
So today, we open the doors of our lives to God and with each other so that we never lose that connection.