December 30, 2020
Sixth Day within the Octave of Christmas
Always Ready
And coming forward at that very time, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem.
Luke 2:38

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.

- Sr. Chris Koellhoffer, IHM

1 John 2:12-17 • Psalm 96:7-10 • Luke 2:36-40

Comments

December 30, 2020 at 03:22 PM

Thank you, Sr. Chris for your devotion today. Although Simeon and Anna probably never got to see the consolation of Israel, they were able to witness the beginnings in the Christ Child. We, too, must 'look forward' and not behind in the coming year with hope that we will be a better person, parent, friend or stranger. Payers to all the Living Faith family.

December 30, 2020 at 12:03 PM

Amen.

December 30, 2020 at 10:33 AM

Amen.

December 30, 2020 at 10:17 AM

Amen. Thank you Holy Father for this beautiful day and for today's Gospel. Thank you Lord for my faith, my life and for my family. Thank you Holy Father, most of all, for your great sacrifice and for the opportunity of forgiveness and reconciliation. Please Lord have mercy. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ, King of Endless Glory. Amen

December 30, 2020 at 09:04 AM

“The Wait It Is Over” Is this how Anna felt when seeing Jesus in Mary’s arms. As Simeon, she lived her life for God, taking nothing for granted, being of service to her God day and night. She knew that there was something greater coming, the promise from her God fulfilled. She knew that Jesus was the awaited redemption for all. Then we see the humility returned, Mary and Joseph returning where it all began with Mary’s YES, in Nazareth. We hear during Jesus’s ministry that nothing good comes from Nazareth, I disagree, Mary and Joseph lived there, grew up there and Mary, said YES, there. That is good enough for this servant. The actual home of Joseph and Mary were right next to each other, like neighbors of today, in a simple houses. May we today, invite the love of this mystery into our lives, and the lives of our families. May this love, peace, hope and joy, take a way the anxiety, fear, sadness, loneliness, envy, jealously and for once free us from sin. Lastly, St. John is writing all of us, reminding all of us, not to love the things of the world, because we cannot serve our God by loving the things of the world and God. We need to serve one master and we know the all that is good comes from our God. We only have one God, let us reflect today and pray in silence to the Father, who watches out for each of us and blesses us with his love, forgiveness and grace. Praying for all of the Living Faith Family, for all of those who do not have anyone to pray for them and for all of the souls in Purgatory, who we pray will be reunited with our God in Heaven. Amen

December 30, 2020 at 08:59 AM

Anna was named a prophetess in Scripture. What is a prophetess? ***https://www.gotquestions.org/prophetess-Bible.html "A prophetess is a female prophet. The word prophet comes from the Greek word prophetes, which means “spokesman.” A prophet in the Bible is a person who proclaims God’s Word and therefore speaks for God—a spokesman for God. A prophetess was, therefore, a spokeswoman for God. The faithful prophet or prophetess was one who, regardless of whether or not he or she was listened to, spoke everything God said to speak."*** *** Luke 2:37b, "She never left the temple, but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer." Only in Spirit and in Truth that I am capable of worshipping God (John 4:23-24), so it was with Simeon and Anna in the temple!*** ***1 John 2:15, "Do not love the world or the things of the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him." What does it mean? Live a poor life by taking a vow of poverty? Hmmm...and yet in John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that He gave His One and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." So God can love the world to give up His life and I can't? Let's ponder on that :-)*** ***I don't think "Do not love the world or the things of the world" means I have to hate the world! It is the same things to me as, "hate the sin and not the sinner!" Do not love the world or the things, but love the Giver of the world and the Provider of the things of the world!*** ***How? 1 John 17b, "whoever does the will of God remains forever." When I love the Giver and the Provider, I will do the will of God and remain forever :-) Praise Him!!!***

david
December 30, 2020 at 02:19 PM

Amen

December 30, 2020 at 08:10 AM

Hosting a Zoom chat to focus on our personal relationship with God in 2021!!! Date: Friday, 1/1/21, 1-2pm EST. Email Salina at syhsmith@comcast.net if you are available to join and she will email you the Zoom link. Schedule *1. 00-02 min Opening Prayer *2. 02-20 min Introduce Yourself: Name, your location and how long you have been doing the LF Catholic Daily Devotion *3. 20-40 min Sharing: How did God get you through 2020? *4. 40-55 min Sharing: What is one prayer you ask of God for yourself in 2021? *5. 55-60 min Closing prayer in a song! (Salina won't be able to host any Zoom chat until May, 2021)

December 30, 2020 at 06:09 AM

Good reflection . We need to have that keen sight to see God in others . Good morning Rose you as well an all LFF have a great an blessed day .

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December 30, 2020 at 06:06 AM

Thanks Sr. Chris for today's devotion. Loving the world as god loves the world . It is god’s plan that creation and humanity reflect the beauty and the goodness of god’s love and wisdom. Lord in spite of all our failures we look to you and know you are our Savior. You send us Jesus Christ in your own glory. The world will be filled with light. Prayer for all the living faith family members. Have a great day everyone.

December 30, 2020 at 04:27 AM

Good Morning have a good day. The end of this sounds like one part of one of my morning prayers. I ask the Lord to bless those with whom I come in contact today.

B.T.
December 30, 2020 at 07:48 AM

Amen. May God bless The Living Faith Family.

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