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Word of the Month | Choosing Goodness
Christina Papazis

We just celebrated the Birth of our Lord and Savior and today, January 6, we celebrate Theophany (Epiphany) and the revelation of the Holy Trinity and Baptism of our Lord. What a GOOD thing it is to celebrate Christ!  

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, goodness is “the state or quality of being good.” So, how do we know what is good? Is it something that we know innately from birth? Do we learn about it from our environment or parents?  

As Christians, we don’t have to look very hard to find the answer. In the very first paragraphs of the Bible, in Genesis, we read about God’s creation and that with each day of creation “He saw that it was good.”  

“And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.”  Genesis 1: 3-4

When we struggle to know what is good, all we have to do is turn to Christ, for as we read in Psalm 136 “He is good and His mercy endures forever.”  When you look up the antonym of good you will find that it is evil. Good and evil are in opposition to one another and with every choice we make, we are either growing closer to Christ or stepping farther away from Him.  If we want to obtain the qualities of being virtuous, kind, generous, and morally excellent then we want to obtain “goodness.” God is the epitome of goodness and He always conquers evil. May we strive to continually grow closer to Christ and consequently towards goodness!

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