I chose this as the Gospel for my first vows Mass, for all of the above reasons. And the verse I'm sharing today is the one most closely allied to vows and commitment - Blessed is she who believed that the promise made to her by the Lord would be fulfilled. (Luke 1: 43) Whatever promises we might make to God are much more than matched by God's all-encompassing promise to us. And what is that promise? Not of an easy life, or a perpetually delightful one, but something far more precious: steadfast, infinite love, undying fidelity, the assurance - and reassurance - of his constant presence, and a hundredfold far beyond all imagining.
We also sang the Magnificat at both my first vows and final profession. What, after all, could surpass the Magnificat in expressing supreme joy, and gratitude at God's call and choice? So today I'm unable to resist the temptation to share a Magnificat as well. This isn't one of the ones we sang at those events, but this arrangement, by David Haas, has been an enrichment to me and has sung within my soul, ever since I heard it at a significant moment during my thirty days retreat, a month before my profession.