by Sr Nunother
I have an “out with the old, in with the new” personality. I’m neither nostalgic for nor sentimental about things past. For me, a new year stands shining on the horizon, waiting to be lived. In contemplating 2014, the words of English pastor and hymn writer Edward Mote came to mind:
My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
but wholly trust in Jesus’ Name.
May your new year be filled with hope and trust in Christ, our solid rock and redeemer.
sby Melodius Monk
The Christmas season is full of all types of carols and hymns. Many of these songs’ texts we sing every year, but among the refrains and verses we know by heart, are some beautiful images. I’ve strung together a few of these phrases from well known songs; phrases that had me pause. I hope I can hang on to their substance and discover more of their mystery going into this new year. My hope for this year is to live life not being afraid to love! A Happy New Year to everyone!
Who then shall stir in this darkness?
God will give himself into our lives
Meek souls will receive him
Where charity stands watching
and faith holds wide the door,
Bringing God’s love and power.
O Renew us, Lord, we pray
with thy spirit day by day
Let every heart prepare him room
This child, this little helpless boy,
shall be our confidence and joy!
O Hush the noise and cease your strife
He comes to make his blessings flow
He calls you one and calls you all
He hath opened heaven’s door.
“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life”….. “For this I was born, and for this I came into the wold, to testify to the truth”.
Where Jesus is, Truth is always present. A phrase that is found repeatedly in the Paschal liturgy is, Surrexit Dominus vere. The Lord is risen….in fact, truly, really, actually. Out of the ruins of his life’s end, the total immolation of his body, and the finality of his last breath came the resurrection — truly.
Tragedy struck very near to home last week. As we were praying and grieving for our fellow brothers and sisters in Boston, I was reminded again that God builds out of ruins. The seeming triumph of evil is not the end of the story. The power of his resurrection will bring wholeness to everyone who was touched by Monday’s devastation — truly.
The Invitatory Psalm Antiphon, Surrexit Dominus vere, from the Night Office of Matins, can be heard with the first segment of Psalm 95.