In New Wine Wednesday
By Sharon Wilson

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It is day four of my New Year’s resolution and I already feel like breaking them. Eating right, exercising, praying regularly; all of these things are good for me right? So why are they so hard to do?

We are people of habit and basically prone to being lazy. I may be speaking only for myself, but even people who are high functioning achievers and always on the go are hesitant to change their ways,  even for the better.
God knows this about us, after all He made us and that is why the Church in her wisdom gave us each other. It is a good thing we have each other and our need for relationship to help us to move toward being better.
Today’s Gospel reminds us that we are better at being shown how to behave than to be told.
Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them,
“What are you looking for?”
They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher),
“where are you staying?”
The Apostles did not ask what to do or what the teaching was. They asked “where are you staying?”
If I want to get on the right track, I need models, friends to hold me accountable  and daily or at least weekly reminders.
We can look to great models around us. That could be your friends, a mentor or anyone you admire for their commitment to live rightly. We can look to saints and holy men and women and read about their lives to inspire us to work toward holiness.
Accountability is also so important. I love my friends and they remind me to strive for holiness, even when I don’t feel like it.
I need daily reminders and that is why daily morning prayer is so important.  I need to see how to live, to make a go at this holiness stuff!
He said to them, “Come, and you will see.”
So they went and saw where he was staying,
and they stayed with him that day.
Make a new New Year’s commitment today – commit to stay with Him!
About the Author:

Sharon Wilson – Wife, Mother, Writer, Catholic Speaker, and a WINE Specialist.  Sharon has a degree in education and has worked as a freelance writer, Respect Life Coordinator, a teacher, in advertising, radio, buyer and in youth advocacy – She even rode an elephant in the circus once! Sharon speaks, writes and shares about God’s healing and about the great gift of being Catholic.

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  • Gwen
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    Thank you for the reminder to make changes in our lives…..we all need to change something to get closer to God. I pray to the Blessed Mother to give me strength for challenges as she brings us closer to her son. Happy, Blessed 2017!

  • Karen sheehy
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    thanks for pointing to the true source of all change, Jesus. Happy New Years Sharon.

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