Reflection for Jan. 27, 2019

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Day marking consecrated life is a celebration for all of us

We can observe the lives of vowed religious as well as our own baptismal call

World Day for Consecrated Life is next Saturday, Feb. 2, and is celebrated on the same day as the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. In Saturday’s Gospel, Mary and Joseph fulfill the law by bringing their infant Son to the temple. They encounter the “righteous and devout” Simeon and the prophetess Anna, both of whom recognize Jesus for who He is.

In many respects, Anna models consecrated life:

  • She gave herself completely to God
  • She worshipped day and night
  • She practiced fasting
  • She proclaimed Jesus as king

There are many ways each of us can celebrate World Day for Consecrated Life whether ordained, consecrated or lay:

  • Say a prayer such as this one
  • Thank a Sister, Brother, Religious Order Priest or a member of a secular institute for serving the church or helping you
  • Invite a young adult to consider religious life

2019-01-27 visual reflection


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Comments:

CommentBubbleThank you sisters for all you do. - Millie

CommentBubble"The Catholic Church and Eastern Orthodox Church commemorate Anna as a saint, Anna the Prophetess. The Eastern Orthodox Church considers Anna and Simeon the God-Receiver as the last prophets of Old Testament and observes their feast on February 3 / February 16 as the synaxis (afterfeast) following the Presentation of Christ, which Orthodox tradition calls "The Meeting of Our Lord and God and Savior, Jesus Christ." Along with Simeon, the prophetess Anna is commemorated on February 3 in the Byzantine rite of the Catholic Church. Anna’s figure is drawn in the icons of the Presentation of Christ, together with the Holy Child and the Virgin Mary, Joseph and Simeon the God-Receiver. Orthodox tradition considers that Christ met his people, Israel, in the persons of those two, Simeon and Anna." (Wikipedia)

Remembering and honoring all holy, wise, elderly persons - from every Culture, Race, Religion. They are blessed, beloved, beautiful. -- Linda

CommentBubbleYes indeed, God bless you all! --Michelle B