New Year
THE BISHOP OF WORCESTER'S NEW YEAR MESSAGE

By The Bishop Friday 28 December 2012 Updated: 02/01 09:31

Latest News

Buy photos » The Bishop of Worcester Dr John Inge. (s)

I HOPE you’re not superstitious. If you are, you might be a bit anxious about entering into a year with 13 in it.

I’m not superstitious - though I’ll confess to being a bit wary about walking under ladders, for fear of what might drop on me from above. I don’t believe in ‘fate’, either. In my book everything is either providential, i.e. it’s willed by God, or it is the result of human choice.

What happens to us, it seems to me, is a complex interaction between those three: what God wills, the choices that I make, and the choices others make which affect me.

The choices we ourselves make are crucial in this. I was visiting a prison before Christmas and I was struck by the thought that those inside were there simply because of a series of bad choices. It can’t be blamed on God or fate, or others (though, of course, some people grow up in situations where it is very difficult to learn to make good choices).

New Year is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on our choices and determine only to make good ones.

Choices that are good for ourselves and good for others. Those two things go together: what is genuinely good for us will be good for others and vice-versa.

Jesus implied as much when he told us that we should love our neighbours as ourselves. That suggests that if we love our neighbours we shall actually be loving ourselves, too, and if we love ourselves properly we shall also be loving others; what is good for us is good for others.

This means that the best choices we make are ones which put the welfare of others before our own.

In my experience, it is only when I do this that I find the happiness I wish for myself. May this coming year be a year of good choices for you, and may God bless you during it. Happy New Year.

Bishop of Worcester Dr John Inge

Popular »

1 Exciting vision for Shrub Hill revealed

2 The Gig Guide

3 The Pirates set sail for Guildhall

4 First look at new multi-million pound fitness club

5 Arrivederci as restaurant shuts its doors

More news »

Gritters hit the road as temperatures plummet

GRITTERS will be out across the county's roads

Norovirus forces suspension of routine operations

ROUTINE operations have been temporarily suspended at all

Flood clean-up springs into action

A MAJOR clean-up operation was in full swing

Update: Man charged with Adrian Locke murder

A MAN in his 20s has been charged

Regional news »


Stratford Observer
Falcon Hotel set for £6 million facelift

THE HISTORIC Falcon Hotel in the centre of Stratford is ...

Bromsgrove Standard
Bromsgrove Police begin clampdown on 'boy racers'

POLICE officers this week began Operation Overdue which is aimed ...

Redditch Standard
Cancer treatment a step closer to home

CANCER treatment for hundreds of patients in Redditch and Bromsgrove ...

Evesham Observer
Calling all young masterchefs......

THE OBSERVER has teamed up with the Evesham Hotel to ...