Monday of the CHRISTMAS OCTAVE

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Monday December 30, 2019 Sixth Day of the CHRISTMAS OCTAVE WORD of the DAY There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple, but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer. 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: 36-38) How shall I live this Word? The prophetess Anna makes us touch the consequences of waiting lived with fidelity and hope. This woman has remained capable for many years, in the midst of suffering and effort, to wait, to turn her gaze forward without bending with nostalgia and resentment towards the past. And it was this ability to wait, to stay in the temple, keeping an authentic desire alive, which allowed her to recognize that Child among the many children and to point Him out to all those who “awaited the redemption of Jerusalem” (Lk 2: 38...