Today’s Gospel: Luke 2:36-40
Here we are at the close of another year. As this year closes and another opens before us we have the story of Anna the prophetess. She spent her days in prayer and thanksgiving to God, never leaving the temple. What tied her there and kept her there daily? Simply put, faith.
Anna lived out her days in deep faith in the promise God had made of a coming Messiah. For years she fasted and prayed in the temple. We know that she was “advanced in age” and that she was a widow. One can imagine that after the death of her husband she dedicated every day, hour and minute to her God. A deep faith indeed!
Days came and days went. Days turned into months, months into years and finally one day it happened. Her steadfast faith paid off and she finally laid eyes upon the Lord. What did she do? She immediately believed, and not only that, she told everyone she could. Anna openly announced to the world that the Messiah had arrived, long before John the Baptist uttered his words along the banks of the River Jordan.
How can we exercise such faith? We too can remain in our own figurative temples daily. No matter where we go we must find an opportunity to exercise our faith in some small way. In this temple we need to practice what we are taught in Scripture. To do that we must deepen our understanding of our faith, read good spiritual books on the faith.
How do we bolster our faith? Prayer. Start your day in prayer. Pause throughout the day to offer up a little prayer of thanksgiving. End your day with prayer as well. In these ways we wait patiently for the coming of the Lord and one day are rewarded with a heavenly home.
What prayer time can I add to my daily routine in the coming new year?
Lord, help me put into action the steps necessary to live a life of faith like Anna’s.
Copyright 2017 Pete Socks
Pete Socks converted to the Catholic faith in 1996. You can find his reviews, author interviews and weekly giveaways at the website he founded, The Catholic Book Blogger. He also serves as a Managing Editor and writer for Catholic Stand When not reading and writing, Pete is the happily married father of five working his way through life in rural PA.
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