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December 30, 2019

“When a profound silence covered all things and night was in the middle of its course, your all-powerful Word, O Lord, bounded from heaven’s royal throne” (Wis 18:14-15). These words from the entrance antiphon today give us a powerful image of the Word breaking into our lives. In the gospel reading we meet Anna the prophetess, who had spent years waiting and preparing for this moment. We are told she stayed in the temple day and night in fasting and prayer. She knew the moment she encountered the child that this was the one she had been seeking. And without hesitation told everyone who would listen what she had experienced.

In the letter from John today we are presented with a caution. How easy it is to be distracted by the things of this world that have the power to take our focus away from the moment of encounter as the Word leaps into our lives. He reminds us that we need to be attentive to children, young people, and parents who have the responsibility of passing faith on to the next generation that they too will recognize the Word bounding into their lives. How sad it is that Christmas is so soon forgotten, as we move on to our everyday lives again. How often we miss the moment of encounter.

Each time we celebrate the Eucharist we encounter the all-powerful Word. Like Anna we need to spend time in prayer and preparation, so we do not miss the moment. St. Peter Julian Eymard reminds us: “Happy is the soul that knows how to find Jesus in the Eucharist, and the Eucharist in all things.”

As I reflect on this Christmas week, how aware and grateful I am for the moments of encounter with the Word I have experienced?

Let us pray:

Lord grant me the gift of faith that I may be open to you in the many ways you leap into my life. May my faith inspire others to see your gift as well.

 

Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)

 


About Mary Muehle

Mary is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament, parishioner of Saint Paschal Baylon Church and a former chaplain at Grace Hospice in Cleveland, Ohio.