June 26, 2021
Today, in God’s Lavish Mercy, we pray once again with Mary’s exquisite prayer, the Magnificat. This prayer is so rich that we can pray it in many ways. Today’s other readings suggest to me to pray it as a prayer of spirited possibility.
For you, my God,
have done great things for me,
and Holy is your Name.
Your Mercy is from age to age
for those wrapped in awe of you.
In our first reading, Abraham and Sarah are the prototypes of such holy awe. Recognizing something godly in his visitors, Abraham welcomes them extravagantly.
Sarah is so struck by their predictions that she turns giddy.
Sometimes when we are overawed by our circumstances, we dissemble rather than quiet ourselves in reverence. God calls Abraham and Sarah to be still within the holy moment by asking the divine rhetorical question:
In our Gospel, the centurion has his own holy moment. Already committed in faith, he hopes for more from Jesus because of his need. With profound trust and humility, the centurion invites God’s Word to act completely and spontaneously in his life.
We may not have visible angels visiting our homes today, like Abraham and Sarah did.
We may not find Jesus walking into our local town like the centurion did.
Still, by faith, we trust that the Holy is present in every moment of our lives.
With Abraham and Sarah, may we open the tent of our lives to heavenly intervention.
With Mary, let us ask God to release the miracle of sacred possibility over our lives and over our world.
Your mercy reaches from age to age
for those in awe of you.
You have shown strength with your arm;
you have scattered the proud in their conceit;
you have deposed the mighty from their thrones
and raised the lowly to high places.
You have filled the hungry with good things,
while you have sent the rich away empty.
You have come to the aid of Israel your servant,
mindful of your mercy―
the promise you made to our ancestors―
to Sarah and Abraham and their decendants forever.
Poem: SARAH’S LAUGHTER (GENESIS 18:1–15) by Irene Zimmerman, OSF
When Abraham had hurried back to the three Strangers with bread and meat, milk and curds, Sarah, obediently hiding her faded beauty behind the tent flaps, watched them feasting beneath the oak. From there the Strangers’ words came winging to where she stood— in shocked disbelief at first, having grown old and used to the sterile disfavor of Abraham’s God, then exploding in peals of laughter that ricocheted off the oaks of Mamre and the stony hills of promise. “How many can you count, Sarah?” Abraham asked as they held each other beneath a blanket of stars. “How many children will there be?” The words set her off again, and Abraham too, with irrepressible mirth till the hills whooped and hollered and the stars blazed their Aha in the pregnant desert night.
Music: Two songs today. One just to laugh! Enjoy the possibilities!🤗
Miracles abound, In front of you and all around You and I, she and him, It’s a miracle that life begins Every time we think we’re lost for good The world keeps turning, just like it should And out of the darkness came let there be light And it’s a miracle we’re sharing space, here in this life The universe is a concert, everything moves in time Anything can happen when the moment is right And Sarah laughed… The day begins the same way each time The sun and moon and stars, they all know their lines Life has a heartbeat of its own, you know The only thing unpredictable… the human soul And out of the darkness came let there be light And it’s a miracle we’re sharing space, here in this life The universe is a concert, everything moves in time Anything can happen when the moment is right And Sarah laughed… And we’re the change in things The dreamers and the shapers, we’re the crafters and makers All building our lives And I try so hard to find G-d’s plan in mine But I’m a rocky start… maybe that’s by design And then I laugh, And Sarah laughed And out of the darkness came let there be light And it’s a miracle we’re sharing space, here in this life The universe is a concert, everything moves in time Everything can happen when the moment is right And Sarah laughed…
2. Abraham and Sarah Had to Laugh – Bryan Sirchio
Abraham and Sarah were very old and gray And angel of the LORD showed up and said to them one day We know you’re very old and that you’ve never had a kid But God says, “better find a baby crib!” And they said… (Chorus) Ha, ha, ha! Ho, ho, ho! You can’t have a baby when you get this old Abraham and Sarah had to laugh O boy that’s a knee slapper! Ha, ha, ha! Ho, ho, ho! But now Abraham and Sarah know That nothing is too hard for God