As we prepare to celebrate with Mary Flick who will profess her first vows with the congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet this coming Sunday, it is a good time to reflect upon the nature of promises. A promise is inherently optimistic. We say, a proposal, or idea is very promising if it is our belief the project will be successful. And the celebration of the intention to pursue a lifetime commitment like Mary’s fills us with happiness, idealism and great gratitude.
Celebrating someone’s promised future is always a cause for joy. But it is also a challenge for us personally. Mary becomes the symbol, the sacrament, if you will, for us to recommit ourselves to our own baptismal and vocational promises. The step we will witness Mary taking, represents the promises and covenants all of us have made or will make in our lives. Many of us know that fidelity to our promises will sometimes be difficult. We don’t expect that “I do” will always give us “happily ever after.” But we can expect and put our faith in the fact that through it all, God is with us. Rejoicing in our triumphs and suffering with us in times of darkness. I can’t think of a better reason than that to celebrate enthusiastically our promise and our future as the People of God.
What a great way to mark the midpoint of our Lenten journey this year!