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The Catholic Community  of St. John Neumann
A Christian Church of the Catholic Tradition
Califon, NJ

weekly Writing

New Year, New You!

        How often do we get the chance to start over? New Year, new you…that’s how the saying goes. I find it fascinating that we only associate each new year as a new beginning when really there are so many. This week’s reading from the Gospel of Luke reflects on baptism. I feel that the new year and baptism are correlated. The New Year and all of the resolutions we make seems like our chance to start over. The best part is that this isn’t just once a year. It’s every day. Every day when we open our eyes we are given the chance to start fresh. The same is said with baptism. When we are baptized we are wiped clean from all of our sins. Think about this. When we wake up each day and start fresh, isn’t that like we’re being baptized over and over again? This isn’t just a one-time thing or a once a year thing. This is an every day, 365 days for the whole year, to start fresh over and over again.
       On December 1st 2018 my twin daughters were baptized. As I watched Father Abraham anoint each girl with oil, I found myself overwhelmed with a sense of peace and understanding. In that moment I realized that Shaun and I were setting them up on a path that will ultimately help to guide them in the right direction as they get older. We are laying down a foundation for them to help them grow into faithful human beings. This is a feeling that we can hold onto every single day because we get to start over every single day. “John answered them all, saying, ‘I am baptizing you with water but one mightier than I is coming. I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.’” It is because of this reason that every morning when we rise, we are baptized and made new again, not just on January 1st.                                      
                                                                                                                                                                              Shannon  Heimall