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December 31, 2014

John 1: 1-18

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him.

He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.

(John testified to him and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’”) From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

Living in the Light

I once remarked to a friend how inspirational and faith-filled a person he was. “Does the window pane take credit for the light that it lets in?” he asked. “The source of the light isn’t the glass but the sun that shines through it. And so it is with me, I am just the windowpane of God’s light to the world”. Today’s Gospel reminds us that we “are not the light” but instead are “to testify to the light”.

This year, as you make your New Year’s resolutions, strive to set spiritual resolutions such as spending time each day by reading and reflecting upon the Word of God. St. Jerome famously declared that “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ”. Spending time with the Word will help to facilitate God’s light to shine evermore through you. What other spiritual resolutions can you make this year to “testify to the light”?

—Julianne Stanz is a speaker, writer and mother of three, originally from Ireland, and Director of the New Evangelization for the Diocese of Green Bay.

Prayer

Father, I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will. Whatever you may do, I thank you: I am ready for all, I accept all.  Let only your will be done in me, and in all your creatures.

I wish no more than this, O Lord. Into your hands I commend my soul: I offer it to you with all the love of my heart, for I love you, Lord, and so need to give myself, to surrender myself into your hands without reserve, and with boundless confidence, for you are my Father.

—Charles de Foucauld, Prayer of Abandonment.

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Prayer

Father, I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will. Whatever you may do, I thank you: I am ready for all, I accept all.  Let only your will be done in me, and in all your creatures.

I wish no more than this, O Lord. Into your hands I commend my soul: I offer it to you with all the love of my heart, for I love you, Lord, and so need to give myself, to surrender myself into your hands without reserve, and with boundless confidence, for you are my Father.

—Charles de Foucauld, Prayer of Abandonment.

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


John 1: 1-18

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him.

He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.

(John testified to him and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’”) From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Living in the Light

I once remarked to a friend how inspirational and faith-filled a person he was. “Does the window pane take credit for the light that it lets in?” he asked. “The source of the light isn’t the glass but the sun that shines through it. And so it is with me, I am just the windowpane of God’s light to the world”. Today’s Gospel reminds us that we “are not the light” but instead are “to testify to the light”.

This year, as you make your New Year’s resolutions, strive to set spiritual resolutions such as spending time each day by reading and reflecting upon the Word of God. St. Jerome famously declared that “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ”. Spending time with the Word will help to facilitate God’s light to shine evermore through you. What other spiritual resolutions can you make this year to “testify to the light”?

—Julianne Stanz is a speaker, writer and mother of three, originally from Ireland, and Director of the New Evangelization for the Diocese of Green Bay.

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


December 30, 2014

1 John 2: 12-17

I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven on account of his name. I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young people, because you have conquered the evil one. I write to you, children, because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning.

I write to you, young people, because you are strong and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one. Do not love the world or the things in the world. The love of the Father is not in those who love the world; for all that is in the world—the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, the pride in riches—comes not from the Father but from the world. And the world and its desire are passing away, but those who do the will of God live forever.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

Know Him who is from the beginning

By now the Christmas presents are opened, the cookies and treats are almost gone, and perhaps calm has been restored to the pre-Christmas frenzy. I try to remind myself not to get caught up in the materialism of Christmas. Some days I succeed and some I don’t. Jesus is born! What can be better?

Jesus is truth, he is in all things. Despite this, our world entices us to love worldly things and not the Father. Today’s reading ends with “Yet the world and its enticement are passing away. But whoever does the will of God remains forever.” Hopefully if our faith is on solid ground we can avoid the enticements. What really matters is what will remain forever. Love of God, family, and friends is forever. The presents, possessions, food and drink will never sustain us for long. God knows and loves us from the beginning; can we love and serve him until forever?

—Jane Glynn-Nass, RN, BSN, serves as Provincial Assistant for Health Care within the Chicago-Detroit and Wisconsin provinces of the Society of Jesus.

Prayer

Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.

It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart,and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.

Fall in love, stay in love, and that will decide everything.

—Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J.

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


1 John 2: 12-17

I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven on account of his name. I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young people, because you have conquered the evil one. I write to you, children, because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning.

I write to you, young people, because you are strong and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one. Do not love the world or the things in the world. The love of the Father is not in those who love the world; for all that is in the world—the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, the pride in riches—comes not from the Father but from the world. And the world and its desire are passing away, but those who do the will of God live forever.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Know Him who is from the beginning

By now the Christmas presents are opened, the cookies and treats are almost gone, and perhaps calm has been restored to the pre-Christmas frenzy. I try to remind myself not to get caught up in the materialism of Christmas. Some days I succeed and some I don’t. Jesus is born! What can be better?

Jesus is truth, he is in all things. Despite this, our world entices us to love worldly things and not the Father. Today’s reading ends with “Yet the world and its enticement are passing away. But whoever does the will of God remains forever.” Hopefully if our faith is on solid ground we can avoid the enticements. What really matters is what will remain forever. Love of God, family, and friends is forever. The presents, possessions, food and drink will never sustain us for long. God knows and loves us from the beginning; can we love and serve him until forever?

—Jane Glynn-Nass, RN, BSN, serves as Provincial Assistant for Health Care within the Chicago-Detroit and Wisconsin provinces of the Society of Jesus.

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Prayer

Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.

It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart,and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.

Fall in love, stay in love, and that will decide everything.

—Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J.

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


December 29, 2014

St. Thomas Becket

Luke 2: 22-34

When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord”), and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying,“Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.”

And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be oppose

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

Simeon’s Grace

Most of us have no idea when we are going to bid goodbye to this world and enter the next. We hope for a long life, the joy of being with family and loved ones till the cows come home.  But how many years? No one knows. Simeon, in Luke’s gospel, is an exception. The Holy Spirit assures him he will not see death until he has seen the anointed of the Lord.

This happens on the day Mary and Joseph bring Jesus to the temple to be consecrated to the Lord.  By grace, Simeon is there and he knows this is the One. His prayer is answered. He holds the child tenderly. As far as he is concerned, his pilgrimage is over. He tells God: Take me; I’m ready.

Most of us are not exceptions. We remain in the dark about the length of our days. So it was for Joseph. And for Mary. Simeon predicted a sword would pierce the heart of Jesus’ mother. That pain would bring each time a kind of death. Like Mary, then, we live the days God grants us—many or few.

We accept the arrows and heartaches, along with the Simeon-like ecstasies that come our way. We know not the hour nor the day, but through our daily offering tell God we are ready when he is: Take, Lord, and receive all that I am!

—Fr. Paul Faulstich, SJ spent many years in India and is now doing pastoral ministry at Loyola University in Chicago.

Prayer

Our Lady of the Wayside, for the sake of the Child you hold in your arms, take hold of my hand for the rest of the road.

—Irish Sacred Heart Messenger, Dec. 1992

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


St. Thomas Becket

Luke 2: 22-34

When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord”), and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying,“Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.”

And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be oppose

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

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St. Ignatius’s First Principle and Foundation says “The goal of our life is to live with God forever. God, who loves us, gave us life. Our own response of love allows God's life to flow into us without limit.” One of the ways in which we respond to the love God has given us is through prayer, not only personal prayer but community prayer as well. The Pastoral Ministry Center invites members of our Strake Jesuit Community to share their prayers with us: their concerns, joys, thanksgivings, so that we may walk with them in all these times of their lives.





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December 31, 2014

John 1: 1-18

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him.

He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.

(John testified to him and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’”) From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

Living in the Light

I once remarked to a friend how inspirational and faith-filled a person he was. “Does the window pane take credit for the light that it lets in?” he asked. “The source of the light isn’t the glass but the sun that shines through it. And so it is with me, I am just the windowpane of God’s light to the world”. Today’s Gospel reminds us that we “are not the light” but instead are “to testify to the light”.

This year, as you make your New Year’s resolutions, strive to set spiritual resolutions such as spending time each day by reading and reflecting upon the Word of God. St. Jerome famously declared that “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ”. Spending time with the Word will help to facilitate God’s light to shine evermore through you. What other spiritual resolutions can you make this year to “testify to the light”?

—Julianne Stanz is a speaker, writer and mother of three, originally from Ireland, and Director of the New Evangelization for the Diocese of Green Bay.

Prayer

Father, I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will. Whatever you may do, I thank you: I am ready for all, I accept all.  Let only your will be done in me, and in all your creatures.

I wish no more than this, O Lord. Into your hands I commend my soul: I offer it to you with all the love of my heart, for I love you, Lord, and so need to give myself, to surrender myself into your hands without reserve, and with boundless confidence, for you are my Father.

—Charles de Foucauld, Prayer of Abandonment.

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Prayer

Father, I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will. Whatever you may do, I thank you: I am ready for all, I accept all.  Let only your will be done in me, and in all your creatures.

I wish no more than this, O Lord. Into your hands I commend my soul: I offer it to you with all the love of my heart, for I love you, Lord, and so need to give myself, to surrender myself into your hands without reserve, and with boundless confidence, for you are my Father.

—Charles de Foucauld, Prayer of Abandonment.

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


John 1: 1-18

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him.

He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.

(John testified to him and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’”) From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Living in the Light

I once remarked to a friend how inspirational and faith-filled a person he was. “Does the window pane take credit for the light that it lets in?” he asked. “The source of the light isn’t the glass but the sun that shines through it. And so it is with me, I am just the windowpane of God’s light to the world”. Today’s Gospel reminds us that we “are not the light” but instead are “to testify to the light”.

This year, as you make your New Year’s resolutions, strive to set spiritual resolutions such as spending time each day by reading and reflecting upon the Word of God. St. Jerome famously declared that “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ”. Spending time with the Word will help to facilitate God’s light to shine evermore through you. What other spiritual resolutions can you make this year to “testify to the light”?

—Julianne Stanz is a speaker, writer and mother of three, originally from Ireland, and Director of the New Evangelization for the Diocese of Green Bay.

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


December 30, 2014

1 John 2: 12-17

I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven on account of his name. I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young people, because you have conquered the evil one. I write to you, children, because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning.

I write to you, young people, because you are strong and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one. Do not love the world or the things in the world. The love of the Father is not in those who love the world; for all that is in the world—the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, the pride in riches—comes not from the Father but from the world. And the world and its desire are passing away, but those who do the will of God live forever.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

Know Him who is from the beginning

By now the Christmas presents are opened, the cookies and treats are almost gone, and perhaps calm has been restored to the pre-Christmas frenzy. I try to remind myself not to get caught up in the materialism of Christmas. Some days I succeed and some I don’t. Jesus is born! What can be better?

Jesus is truth, he is in all things. Despite this, our world entices us to love worldly things and not the Father. Today’s reading ends with “Yet the world and its enticement are passing away. But whoever does the will of God remains forever.” Hopefully if our faith is on solid ground we can avoid the enticements. What really matters is what will remain forever. Love of God, family, and friends is forever. The presents, possessions, food and drink will never sustain us for long. God knows and loves us from the beginning; can we love and serve him until forever?

—Jane Glynn-Nass, RN, BSN, serves as Provincial Assistant for Health Care within the Chicago-Detroit and Wisconsin provinces of the Society of Jesus.

Prayer

Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.

It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart,and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.

Fall in love, stay in love, and that will decide everything.

—Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J.

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


1 John 2: 12-17

I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven on account of his name. I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young people, because you have conquered the evil one. I write to you, children, because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning.

I write to you, young people, because you are strong and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one. Do not love the world or the things in the world. The love of the Father is not in those who love the world; for all that is in the world—the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, the pride in riches—comes not from the Father but from the world. And the world and its desire are passing away, but those who do the will of God live forever.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Know Him who is from the beginning

By now the Christmas presents are opened, the cookies and treats are almost gone, and perhaps calm has been restored to the pre-Christmas frenzy. I try to remind myself not to get caught up in the materialism of Christmas. Some days I succeed and some I don’t. Jesus is born! What can be better?

Jesus is truth, he is in all things. Despite this, our world entices us to love worldly things and not the Father. Today’s reading ends with “Yet the world and its enticement are passing away. But whoever does the will of God remains forever.” Hopefully if our faith is on solid ground we can avoid the enticements. What really matters is what will remain forever. Love of God, family, and friends is forever. The presents, possessions, food and drink will never sustain us for long. God knows and loves us from the beginning; can we love and serve him until forever?

—Jane Glynn-Nass, RN, BSN, serves as Provincial Assistant for Health Care within the Chicago-Detroit and Wisconsin provinces of the Society of Jesus.

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Prayer

Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.

It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart,and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.

Fall in love, stay in love, and that will decide everything.

—Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J.

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


December 29, 2014

St. Thomas Becket

Luke 2: 22-34

When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord”), and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying,“Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.”

And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be oppose

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

Simeon’s Grace

Most of us have no idea when we are going to bid goodbye to this world and enter the next. We hope for a long life, the joy of being with family and loved ones till the cows come home.  But how many years? No one knows. Simeon, in Luke’s gospel, is an exception. The Holy Spirit assures him he will not see death until he has seen the anointed of the Lord.

This happens on the day Mary and Joseph bring Jesus to the temple to be consecrated to the Lord.  By grace, Simeon is there and he knows this is the One. His prayer is answered. He holds the child tenderly. As far as he is concerned, his pilgrimage is over. He tells God: Take me; I’m ready.

Most of us are not exceptions. We remain in the dark about the length of our days. So it was for Joseph. And for Mary. Simeon predicted a sword would pierce the heart of Jesus’ mother. That pain would bring each time a kind of death. Like Mary, then, we live the days God grants us—many or few.

We accept the arrows and heartaches, along with the Simeon-like ecstasies that come our way. We know not the hour nor the day, but through our daily offering tell God we are ready when he is: Take, Lord, and receive all that I am!

—Fr. Paul Faulstich, SJ spent many years in India and is now doing pastoral ministry at Loyola University in Chicago.

Prayer

Our Lady of the Wayside, for the sake of the Child you hold in your arms, take hold of my hand for the rest of the road.

—Irish Sacred Heart Messenger, Dec. 1992

 

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St. Thomas Becket

Luke 2: 22-34

When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord”), and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying,“Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.”

And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be oppose

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