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  Advent Wreath

Year of Faith: Advent

 

December 8, 2012
by
Elaine Grose
Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies
& Science Laboratory Manager

 

Genesis 3:9-15, 20
Psalm 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4
Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12
Luke 1:26-38
http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/120812.cfm

 

Sing to the Lord a New Song”

There are times in my life when I wonder if I will ever sing a “new song” again. The day-to-day sameness is often wearing and frustrating - health recedes, parents and friends die, I am aging. Yet, all three readings today speak of new promises, new blessings, and new life. This past May I was blessed with a pilgrimage to Assisi, Italy. This was truly a new experience and one that will stay in my mind and heart for the rest of my life. Walking in the footsteps of St. Francis and St. Clare opened my heart and soul to new life. Even though we walked in history, I felt a newness of purpose, a newness of strength, a renewed sense of being. Each day we sang a “new song” to the Lord.

 

One day was set aside for solitude. It was a time to wait upon the Lord, to live fully and completely in the present moment. In these days of sameness, it is so difficult to carve out quiet time, specifically to “wait upon the Lord.” However, each one of us is chosen by God to serve one another so that our destiny can be achieved in Christ. I need that quiet time alone with God to listen to the Spirit, renew my sense of self, my sense of being a child of God. Mary found her own unique gift of the Spirit through the angel Gabriel. No one since has been given the beautiful promises, blessings and Life Song that Mary received that day from God. Like Mary we are each gifted with the grace of God. How we un-wrap that gift, how we receive and share those graces is the “new song” we sing to each other.

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