The first letter of the year will be one that already was! Reading this you may be thinking is this the day the earth stood still? No, it’s just a little deja vu. A fresh letter next week! Soon it will be the year that was. But was it a year to remember, or your favorite year? Was it the best yearever, maybe a year in the life of a fool? Or was it more the days of wine and roses or a time we’d rather forget? However, those 525,600 minutes of those 365 days of 2016 passed by I hope you can find many reasons for gratitude and thankfulness.
As 2019 dawns we have a new day and a new opportunity for sanctity. What kind of day will it be: A Holy Day, Ground Hog Day, or Independence Day or maybe Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? Might it be a Dog Day Afternoon, or the Day of the Jackal or a Day of Reckoning? Or will it just be the Longest Day or the End of Days, the Day of Wrath or just a Long Day’s Journey into Night? It possibly could be a Hard Days Night or just One Fine Day. For some, it might be Training Day, D-Day, Judgment Day or the Last Day. Unlikely you’ll get a Snow Day but maybe a Fathers Day or Valentines Day and hopefully a Pay Day. One thing for sure it will be the First Day of the Rest of Your Life.
Then again it could be a Jour de Fete or Dia de los Muertos or Una Bella Giornata, who knows? There should be at least one Fine Spring Day and A Brighter Summer’s Day, a Day Off, a Day in the Country, a Day at the Races and a Grand Day Out! For a few fortunate ones there will be a Special Day, a Five Star Day or one Perfect Day and the proverbial Another Day in Paradise.
Still for others there will be a Day of Anger, and a really Bad Day. Some might yet Die Another Day or live to See a New Day. Of course it could be a Blustery Day or a Rainy Day or just a plain old Grey Day not to mention a Cold Day in the Park.
Yet you never really know Where the Day Takes You then again On a Clear Day You Can See Forever: maybe One Day in Europe, 2 Days in Paris or One Day in September or the Day After Tomorrow? Around the World in Eighty Days? We pray there will be only one April Fool’s Day and there can only be one Day theWorld Ended just as there was only one Day without a Yesterday. You might wind up at Graduation Day, or the First Day on the Job, and fall in love on the Last Day of Summer. Who knows? Whatever befalls, well it’s all in a day’s work.
Still I hope you will not have Trouble Every Day nor will the Day Catch You Off Guard. And that one day during 2019 you will be a Thirty Day Princess or King for a Day or just disappear for a day and have a Vacation Day rather than a Sick Day or a Busy Day. Maybe you will have your Lucky Day, a Blest Day, day in and day out and most of all may you have One Day More, a Day like none Other and a Day you won’t soon forget.
So let’s take it one day at a time, day-by-day, brick by brick, inch-by-inch, minute-by-minute a new day is dawning. What kind of day will you make it or will it make you? After all, all you really have is today.
Happy New Year!
Fr. John B.