June 9, 2021
Today, in God’s Lavish Mercy, we pray with Psalm 25 which is our Alleluia Verse.
Psalm 25, in total, is a psalm of lament. But today’s single phrase is a golden thread in an otherwise somber weave. It is a simple act of faith and dependence on God. It is the yielding of one’s life into God’s unfolding promise.
Praying with this psalm today, I am nostalgic. On June 9th, 58 years ago, I graduated from high school.
I guess for some, high school graduation isn’t a remarkable or memorable event. But for me, and the two other young women in this photo, it was a time of earth-shaking choices and profound commitments. It was a moment in our personal stories that would shape our lives forever – we had decided to become Sisters of Mercy.
Every life has one – or likely a few – such moments. They are the hinges on which our life story revolves. Praying gratefully with them helps us to recognize God’s enduring Presence in our lives and to rejuvenate our faith.
When you get as old as I am, the accumulation of gratitude is overwhelming and the trust in God’s continued abiding is assuring.
Robert Frost seems to have been having such a prayer when he wrote his beloved poem. Maybe it will help your prayer today or at some other date of holy reminiscence in your life.
Poetry: The Road Not Taken – Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same, And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back. I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.
Music: The Magnificat Medley – John Michael Talbot
I chose this song today for two reasons.
- It is the verse in our Responsorial Psalm:
Holy is the Lord our God.Psalm 99:7
2. The Magnificat was such a moment in Mary’s life.