The New Year begins on the eighth day of Christmas.
When the eighth day came, and the child was to be circumcised Mary and Joseph gave him the name Jesus; the name the angel had given him before his conception.
For Mary and Joseph this is an act of obedience: obedience to the Law of Moses and obedience to the word of the angel. For us it is a gift: the whole world is told the name of Jesus, God is Our Saviour.
As we try to make our New Year’s resolutions, let the name of Jesus be at the centre of them. Saint Paul writes:
Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
So we pray:
you gave your Son Jesus Christ the Name which is above every name,
and you have taught us that there is none other by which we may be saved:
as your faithful people have comfort and peace in his Name,
so grant that they may ever work to proclaim it to all nations.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Team Priest, Forest and Avon Team
Assistant Rural Dean, Alderbury Deanery