Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Reflection: Luke 2:36-40
The Gospel for today is the story of Anna the prophetess. Anna was an old woman –84 years old. Anna was quite the character. She lived in the temple and she worshipped night and day. Anna truly was a “woman of God.”
Anna must have had a gift of foresight. She began to prophesy of the coming of the child that all the people were waiting for. She also gave thanks for the child that would come and who would redeem all peoples. The Gospel doesn’t say whether the people believed her. Did they believe? Or were they skeptical because they had heard this prophesy before and the “child” never appeared?
Are we more like Anna, trusting and believing that this child would come and save all people? Or do we discount any prophecy we hear? We “have heard it all before” — and it never happened! Yet, Jesus does promise to come again! Yes, we say we believe that Jesus will come at the end of time. However, do we truly believe? Are we prepared for Jesus’ coming? Who knows? Today may be the day!