Posted by: livingscripture | February 2, 2010

Fourth Tuesday – Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

From the Word of the Day

There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher.  She never left the temple, but worshipped night and day with fasting and prayer.

                                          Luke 2: 36-37

 How should we live this Word

 Forty days have passed since the feast of Christmas when in the cave of Bethlehem we contemplated the birth of the Baby who has been given to us for our salvation.  We are His people and He saves us from our sins.  Now this Baby is introduced into God’s house; presented, offered, and consecrated to Him.  Today He officially begins to occupy Himself ‘with the things of the Father, an occupation will gradually become His whole life to the point that He will say, ‘My food is to do the will of my Father’.

 Today’s Gospel presents two elderly saints, Simeon and Anna.  They are truly precursors of every disciple.  They are the first, after Mary and Joseph, to recognize the Baby Jesus as the Lord and glory of the people of Israel.  They are the first to praise Him and to witness to Him.  But how do they recognize Him?  Above all, it happened thanks to their perseverance in waiting for salvation.  Their uninterrupted interior vigilance, their endless dedication, their ablative service of God full of faith and self donation, all this enables them to prophesy, to speak in God’s stead, about Jesus.  They anticipate all those who awaited the redemption of Jerusalem by recognizing the salvific identity of that Baby.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will nourish this trustful waiting in prayer and I will ask God to be like the prophetess Anna, remaining constantly in His Presence in all things so that Jesus may present Himself to me and be received by me as my life’s salvation.

 Here I am Lord Jesus!  Speak to me because Your servant is listening.

 The voice of Macario the Great, Desert Father

 The entire soul must be involved with all its powers, gathering all its thoughts, and consecrating everything to awaiting Christ.  We must await Him with a sober and vigilant heart so that God may come and visit the soul.

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