Sunday, February 02, 2014

From CMMB: Your Weekly Reflection in Prayer 2/2/14

Weekly Prayer Reflection for Winter
"There was also a prophetess, Anna...She was advanced in years, having lived as a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple, but worshipped day and night with fasting and prayer...She gave thanks to God and spoke about the Child to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem."
-Luke 2:36-38 

February 2, 2014
The Presentation of the Lord
Dear Friends,
On this celebration of the Presentation of the Child Jesus in the temple, we often turn to Simeon and recall his words, now part of the night prayer of the Church. He proclaims that Jesus is the “Light of revelation to the nations, and the glory of God’s people, Israel” (Luke 2:32).

But we dare not overlook or forget the second onlooker, the holy woman, Anna. What an example she sets for us – praying, fasting, giving thanks God, and sharing the good news by speaking about the child to all! I suspect Anna faithfully represents so many of our own mothers. May God bless us in our efforts to imitate the holy ones, and here especially the holy Prophetess Anna as we try to live and share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Almighty ever living God, we ask that as Your only begotten Son Jesus was presented this day in the temple, so, by Your grace, may we come before You with minds made pure, through Christ our Lord.  

Rev. Peter Schineller, S.J., CMMB Board of Directors

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