Conversatio Divina

A Good Beginning—The New Year

If you’ve been reading along from Jamie Cain’s collection, Telling Time in Church: Rediscovering the Church’s Liturgical Calendar, over the past year, you know that the church defines time’s boundaries and progression differently. The church doesn’t suspend or reject the calendar time that marks days and weeks and months, but early Christians decided to see time through the lens of Jesus’ life and death. In looking to God’s activity in the world to help them mark time, those Christians pushed against a polytheistic culture that defined time according to its own theology, an influence that remains today.

While it might seem strange to talk about “new year” and beginnings in August, that’s exactly what we must do, as many Christians draw close now to the beginning of another “year of the Lord,” and others will shortly follow.

Read this article with its suggested practices about the new year.


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