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Sunday, 17 October 2021 07:00

Songs I Love #5 - Seasons of Love

 2021.57.Songs I Live 5

Have you ever counted, or wondered how minutes there are in a year? One of the great things about the song Seasons of Love from the musical Rent is that it gives you an instant answer to a common trivia question without needing to pull out a calculator. The song tells us several times that there are 525,600 minutes in a year. The song ponders how we can measure a year, whether it be in minutes, daylights, sunsets, midnights, cups of coffees, inches, miles, laughter or strife.

Seasons of Love - Rent Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - YouTube

How are you measuring your year at the moment? Do you have a tendency to get stuck measuring it in strife as you count the numbers of covid cases, the days you have spent in lockdown, the amount of books you have read when you would rather have been visiting your friends, the amount of kilometres you allowed to travel, the days until you can jump on a plane and go overseas or how long it has been since you could go to Mass?

I think it is very normal to have these kinds of numbers on our minds in this unprecedented time, but it is worth noting that the central exhortation of this song is to measure our year in seasons of love. How can we do this? What could this mean for our days?

Throughout the long lockdown in 2020 in Melbourne, I began (in part) to measure my day by taking to heart Jesus’ greatest commandment in a new way. Jesus told us to ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul, and all your mind, and to love your neighbour as yourself’. What this practically means is that at the end of each day, I would sit with the Holy Spirit and ask myself three questions.

  • How have I loved God today? – Did I pray and take time through the day to be still with God? Did I allow the experience of the livestreamed Mass I attended to nurture me through the day?
  • How have I loved another person today? Who did I reach out to? How did I love and serve the sisters I live with?
  • How have I loved myself today? What did I do during the day to care for myself? Did I take time to slow down and enjoy the present moment?

This is just one simple way we can measure our days, and consequently our years in seasons of love. So when lockdown seems unbearingly long, and you are looking for things to count other than covid related things, take a moment to reflect on these three questions. I am sure God will richly bless you.

Mel Edwards