Thursday, January 30, 2014
by Sister Laura Zelten
What appeared as a normal day at the temple was extraordinary. Luke's text tells of Mary and Joseph's purification even though the Law only required purification of the woman after childbirth. Mary and Joseph needed to share the experience, to grasp the magnitude of the proclamations made about their son. In essence, their purification was a symbolic cleansing for their earthly responsibility of raising the Messiah.
In the temple, Mary and Joseph met two people, Simeon and Anna, representatives of humanity through whom all generations would acknowledge the Messiah. What was different about them? Simeon was righteous and devout, a godly man. Anna, a prophetess, fasted and prayed day and night in the temple. They recognized the Messiah in their midst.
Today, as we celebrate World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life, we remember all vowed Sisters, Brothers and Priests who have taught us about Jesus. We give thanks to God for their willingness and sacrifice to be signs of hope for us. We pray that God will continue to bless them and will grace the Church with more men and women who will continue to serve God and God's people.
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