There’s a whole lot of waiting going on here, isn’t there? We’ve recently arrived at the end of Advent, a season of joyful expectation, a season of waiting for the fulfillment of God’s promise in the birth of Emmanuel, God With Us. So it seems timely that today, we reflect on another experience of waiting, the waiting of one of God’s saints, the prophetess Anna. Not only was she always at home in the Temple, she was always fully present to God, worshiping, fasting and praying “night and day” (verse 37). Clearly, Anna lived in a state of readiness. Her prayerful attentiveness enabled her to recognize the child Jesus and announce his presence to all who, like her, were also waiting and hoping.
In our times of waiting today, may we pray to recognize the Holy One in everyone whose path intersects with ours.
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