Discernment: How do you know that you are in sync with God’s will? You know that you are in harmony with God’s holy will for you when you are able to “Sing a new song to the Lord,” as we pray in today’s responsorial psalm, Psalm 96. When you become aware experientially that the Savior has been born in you, that God has taken on flesh and dwells within you, that is, your actions are actions of love and forgiveness, humble acknowledgement of wrongdoing or of sin in any of its forms: greed, selfishness, deceit, hatred, prejudice, envy or the like. You know that you are in sync with the will of God when light shines in your darkness, that is, you are enlightened, hope-filled, faith-filled and doing that which is the loving thing to do as guided by the Spirit. Your knowing is an inner knowing, of which you become aware in solitude, in sitting in the Presence of God, basking in the Light Who is Christ the Lord and being rejuvenated by God’s grace that comes to you through the Scriptures, the liturgy, the sacraments, and through acts of humility, repentance and, yes, love and reconciliation with those you are called upon to show love on a daily basis!