Saturday December 30
The Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas
Faith, hope and perseverance
  • 1 John 2:12-17
  • Psalm 96:7-10
  • Luke 2:36-40

In today’s First Reading, the author is encouraging us to focus on our love for the Father and not to love the things of this world. In the Gospel proclamation we see Anna, a prophetess, who has been faithful to the Lord all her life. She recognized the child Jesus and gave thanks as soon as she saw him. Anna knew the blessings of God through her gifts as a prophetess. She found true happiness in God, even though her outward circumstances may have indicated otherwise. Three words shine through today’s readings: faith, hope and perseverance. As we reach the end of this year, let us be grateful for the wonderful things that God did in our lives. As we prepare ourselves for the New Year let us, like Anna have faith and persevere knowing that, in all ages, God has a plan for us. The world may speak despair, but we have hope in the Lord. Even when circumstances seem dim, the Lord’s power will guide us safely in the coming year. Let us boldly step into the new year, strengthened with his power.

Prayer: Abba Father, you know all things, you know that I love you. May my heart be free as that of a little child. Amen.

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