God can and will make us spiritually new men!
And the One seated on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new. Then He said, “Write this down, for these words are faithful and true.Revelation 21:5
That is the most encouraging relieving promise we will ever hear! And God can be counted on to bring it about. But what can we do to help?
Well, its going to take effort, but not effort that God won’t give us the strength to do through prayer and right desire. Our job, as Christ told us, is to “exert ourselves vigorously to get in through the narrow gate” to the Kingdom, to put off the “old man” of sin that we were and to “put on the new man” that God will fashion out of us, like clay, if we will cooperate with Him. Think of all the conversion stories you have read, real and fictional, and the supreme joy that came from each! That will be us when we get rid of the old us and put on the new.
To put off, according to former conversation, the old man, who is corrupted according to the desire of error. And be renewed in the spirit of your mind: And put on the new man, who according to God is created in justice and holiness of truth.Ephesians 4:22-24
Chesterton’s advice on how to become that new person in Christ
Chesterton pointed out that for new year’s resolutions to work, we must become an entirely new person. Usually, though, New Year’s Resolutions invariably wind up as a list of material things people want to do or change. But since the point is to make a new you and new me, then repentance should be at the top of the list and throughout. What do you and I need to repent of? What does that list look like?
Go to 1 Corinthians 6: 9-10 as a check off “don’t” list. Then look for the “do” scriptures. There is an interesting part of worship at the beginning of Mass called the “Penitential Act” and in it it you and I repeat: “I have greatly sinned in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and in what I have failed to do“.
So there we have what our New Year’s Resolutions should look like: what I have done and should correct and what I should have done and need to do.
Let’s start off 2022 by doing or stopping what we ought! Let’s do it for God whom we love. Let’s do it for our Mother. Let’s do it for our families who need a good example. Let’s do it for our country, too. And He will make us new!
“The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective.” – G. K. Chesterton, Daily News