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.
Thanks Laura, for you reflection and your work to celebrate the Call to Consecrated Life!
Thank you Sister Laura for reminding me of all the priests and sisters that have made my life better.
Simeon and Anna are Wisdom persons for us.
Not many people want to be a priest or sister these days. It is a big commitment many are not willing to make in the face of our changing world--wanting money and family instead. I thank God that our priests and sisters of today answered the call. May God bless all of you!
Thanks, Laura, for your reminder that God's presence is in just the ordinary happenings...like going to the Temple. Lord, that I may see.
I am so very fortunate to have Sister Martin, my Godmother, in my life. She is a model for my spiritual life.
Thank you , Sister Laura, for your insights.
I, too, am so thankful for all the women and men in God's service today!