Matthew 25:31-46

And a Time to Every Purpose Under Heaven

We are just about seventeen and a half hours into the New Year. How are you feeling about the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017? Perhaps you feel relief, perhaps trepidation, perhaps excitement, perhaps dread, perhaps something else. New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day may feel tremendously significant, but of course, they are rather arbitrary. There is nothing innately wonderful or horrible about a sequence of 365 days (or 366, as the case may be). There is nothing inherent in the moment that divided 11:59pm from 12:00am last night. The earth revolved around the sun, but the point that we mark as the end of one calendar year and the beginning of the next is chosen by a set of historical coincidences. Nevertheless, New Year’s Day marks a moment for looking back and taking stock, and looking forward and making plans.