… According to your word.
On the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord together with the whole Church, we look to Mary, who faithfully kept all matters in her heart (see Luke2, 51). Mary, while preserving and contemplating the things of God, invites us to be the house of the Word of God that we may protect and preserve it as rich soil that brings fruit - the fulfilled promise of a new life.
As consecrated persons, we live with the memory of Mary's prayer "the Almighty has done great things for me" (Luke 1:49). In our hearts we carry the Word of the Lord that penetrates our lives and gives to it true meaning. Reflecting on the Word - the prayer, silence and contemplation teaches us to understand the depth of our everyday life. Listening in silence to the Word of God enables us to follow the path of spiritual development and brings us to maturity. The Word of God comes to us through people, through their words and history. Word needs a community. God speaks to us because He himself became a man: "The Word became flesh and dwelt among us" (John 1:14).
The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the temple also recalls/evokes a significant symbol of light. Preserving the Word of God - as Mary - means also following the path illuminated by its brightness. "Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path"
Dear Sisters, I wish you joy and the happiness from a fulfilled life, which in Jesus, the Word, found the source and strength. Our whole life and the history of this world is a journey with Christ who came and dwelt among us. Each one of us is called to be, like Mary, the Ark of the New Covenant, faithfully keeping and pondering all matters in our heart.
In adoration with the Lord,
Sr. Izabela Świerad SAC
Presentation of the Lord 2019