Let It Go

“Let it go, let it go!” sang Lyn as she bounded, clicking white barrettes and all, down the side exit stairs at St. Paul’s Church headed for the reception hall. It was the evening of June 6th, “Sacraments Night,” as we had dubbed the climax of our nine- month Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults program for the mothers we serve in our mission and their children. Not an hour before, suspended in the air over the baptismal font with feet crossed and hands covering her face, Lyn received the greatest gift of her short four-year-old life. With the simple words, “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, ” and the pouring of some water, the Holy Trinity flooded her soul, removing original sin, giving her the grace of being a daughter of the Father, a member of Christ’s Body, and a temple of the Holy Spirit.

I thought Lyn’s song, “Let it go”, from the 2013 blockbuster hit, Frozen had a very apt sentiment to describe the occasion. Though several years old at this point, the movie still captivates the hearts of so many young girls. Frozen themed items proved this year again to be the most popular dolls, games, and pajamas we handed out at Christmas time. Lyn is not the only little girl we know who is constantly singing that song. Aside from the song’s catchy tune and the loveable characters, which certainly attract young fans, there is a deeper message present in the story and in this song. The movie chronicles the journey of two sisters, Elsa and Ana. Elsa, having isolated and repressed herself out of fear, is seeking freedom and peace when she sings her now wildly popular song. Elsa has the mistaken belief that in order to live in freedom she must forever separate herself to protect others from her magical wintery powers. Without revealing the climax of the film, it is enough to say that an act of love is the only remedy that can restore her childhood innocence and give her the freedom she so desperately seeks. What frees Elsa, in essence, is an act of redemptive love.

It is just such an act of redemptive love that Christ lives par excellence on the Cross, allowing the grace of the Sacraments to flow forth from His wounded and open side. As I watched Lyn receive Baptism, I thought of those bonds of original sin being wrenched open, “let go” in a sense, smashed open by the power of Christ in His death and Resurrection. St. Gregory of Nazianzus calls Baptism, “God’s most beautiful and magnificent gift.” It is this gift, made possible by the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Christ, that begins the amazing journey of grace in the sacramental life, lighting the way to a forever embrace of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in heaven.

So let us “let it go.” Let us let go of fear in our lives, let go of the lack of trust in God’s providence and love, and let go of the resentment and lack of forgiveness that keeps us in the chains of bitterness. In this Year of Mercy, how much Jesus wants to come with his love into those places of our lives where we feel most bound, to allow His freedom to fill the entirety of our being. He wants the graces of our Baptism to flourish and blossom in hearts that are alive in Him. He wants to set us free.

Father, we praise You and thank You for the amazing gift of our Baptism, for being freed from original sin and given the gift of being your sons and daughters. Help us to live ever more fully in Christ this most wonderful of gifts so that our hearts and minds may be freed to receive your love and give your love.