A Better and Heavenly Country (Fri., Jan.1)

Blessed Feast! The word of the day is “country.”  As we begin a new secular year, hardly anyone of us would like to go back to the difficulties of the past year.  We cling to the hope of a better year ahead.  This is in keeping with our reading of Hebrews 11:8, 11-16.   The apostle writes about those who spend their entire lives in hope. He says, “but now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them (vs. 16). Our reading begins with Abraham’s call to leave his homeland “to go out to the place where he would receive his inheritance”…