Children, it is the last hour;
and just as you heard that the antichrist was coming,
so now many antichrists have appeared.
Thus we know this is the last hour.
They went out from us, but they were not really of our number;
if they had been, they would have remained with us.
Their desertion shows that none of them was of our number.
But you have the anointing that comes from the Holy One,
and you all have knowledge.
I write to you not because you do not know the truth
but because you do, and because every lie is alien to the truth.
As we enter into this last day of 2014, we take time to reflect on the blessings of the year and the times we didn’t live up to our call to holiness. We thank God for the blessings and we ask Him for mercy for our sinfulness. We also ask Him for the grace to be the best person we can be in 2015 – holy, healthy, loving and joyful.
The Church gives us this reading from the first letter of St. John. “Children, it is the last hour.” He is speaking about some of the early Christians who left the community. Some people will try to lead us astray, away from God, away from the truth. But we have been given the Holy Spirit to guide us in the way of truth, goodness and right. Call on the Holy Spirit to guide you, especially when you are tempted to go away from the high calling you have as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
There are many “antichrists” in the world trying to draw us away from Jesus. There are many voices clamoring for our attention. One of the best things we can do in the New Year is to spend time in silence, away from the noise, listening to the voice of the Good Shepherd. When we spend time with Him, we recognize His voice among the many voices vying for our attention.
Am I committed to growing in holiness in 2015?
What is my plan to find more silence each day?
How can I listen to God’s voice better?
Have a blessed day!