This is just my personal opinion, but I think making ambitious New Year’s resolutions is a big waste of time. Most of them don’t last as long as a live Christmas tree in an apartment.
Instead, let me share a great idea with you. Father Chris at St. Patrick’s Cathedral proposed it in his homily at the Vigil Mass of the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God this past Friday evening.
Take 10 minutes day – at a time of your choosing – with the Bible. Father Chris suggested Matthew’s Gospel because we will be reading it a great deal this year. Whether you have a pocket Bible, a web site or a Bible app on your mobile device, keep it close to you. Here’s his suggestions for using those 10 minutes with Matthew.
For about a minute, just think about the fact that you are –as we all are at all times – in the presence of God. Then open your Bible to Matthew’s Gospel and begin reading it, just a few verses at a time. Take about four minutes to read it slowly, maybe more than once. Then, for the next three or four minutes, just open your mind to the Spirit of God and think about what you have read and what it means to you. Finally, say a meaningful Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6: 9-13).
That’s all. Just about 10 minutes could make all the difference in how you live each day this year.
Of course, if you are interested in a more in-depth look at Scripture, be sure to check out The New York Catholic Bible School, which is sponsored by the Archdiocesan Catechetical Office. This will involve a considerably larger commitment of time but if you have desire, do check it out.
And while I am it, may I suggest you circle the date of Saturday, June 25: the day of our second annual New York Catholic Bible Summit. More information will be available shortly on our Catechetical Office website. We’ve a great line-up of speakers and topics this year.
May 2011 bring you peace and joy.