“My eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in the sight of all the peoples: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel.”

Today we turn to Luke (2:22-40) as we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the temple forty days after His birth.  There Mary and Joseph meet Simeon who exalts the Babe and prophesies about Him and His mother.  We also learn of the prophetess Anna who praised God and spoke of the Child to all who would listen.  Let’s consider Anna.  We are told that “[s]he never left the temple, but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer.” (v. 37)  What an example for us today!  Not that most of us are in a position to do precisely what she did, but her attitude of prayer, fasting, and thanksgiving should be emulated.  From the moment of waking until our head hits the pillow we should offer all of our thoughts, words, and deeds to the Lord while making little sacrifices along the way.  We should strive to be mindful of this always, so that we may be drawn closer to God and so that we will be a light to others to do the same.  Sanctify each day and each moment and the rewards will be eternal.

 

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