On this feast of the Presentation of Mary, we celebrate the Church’s tradition of remembering the young child, Mary, being brought to the Temple in Jerusalem by her parents. There, she was dedicated to God, and there, early on in her life, Mary began to sing a new song, the song of placing her whole self at the service of God. In her formative years, Mary had no idea how the melody would change and swell over time and place.
Like Mary, we are called to sing with our lives a new song for God, the song of being available to the Holy One at every moment. As we open ourselves to grace, we sing not only in times of delight and awe, but also in moments of searing anguish and profound loss. We pray to sing a song that communicates our desire to be a healing presence in our world.
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