Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 17, 2016
“Proclaim his marvelous deeds to all the nations.”
Psalm Refrain (Psalm 96:3)
Still basking in the joy and splendor of the Christmas Season just ended, today’s Scripture echoes the sentiments our music making expressed during the past few weeks. Isaiah prophesies that Israel shall be called “My Delight.” And, as with Israel, so God delights in us! The assembly’s response is to proclaim God’s marvelous deeds and sing to the Lord a new song. The joy and gratitude of the Christmas Season extends into our new calendar year and into Ordinary Time.
As music makers, one of our tasks is to enable our assemblies to express joy and gratitude, grief and lament as the liturgical moment warrants. The song we sing will be ever new, not when it is the latest publication but when it erupts from hearts ever attentive to the new and surprising deeds of the Lord. Jesus performed his first miracle by changing water into wine. What new miracle will he perform in our hearts in these days called “ordinary?”
Gracious God, whose love and mercy ever surprises and delights us,
open our hearts to the wonder of your activity in our lives.
May we sing songs, both new and old, that proclaim our joy and gratitude
at the signs you continue to perform in our world and in our hearts. Amen.
Judith M. Kubicki, cssf