Intention: That, in this Octave of Christmas, we will continue to find ways to be the Body of Christ and his Good News to all of the world.
Today’s Gospel | Luke 2: 36-40
There was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple, but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer. And coming forward at that very time, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem.
When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions of the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.
From the First Meditation for the Time of Retreat| Saint John Baptist de La Salle
It is characteristic of the providence of God and of his vigilance over human conduct to substitute for fathers and mothers persons who have enough knowledge and zeal to bring children to the knowledge of God and of his mysteries. According to the grace of Jesus Christ, that God has given to them, they are like good architects who give all possible care and attention to lay the foundation of religion and Christian piety in the hearts of these children, a great number of whom would otherwise be abandoned. You, then, whom God has called to this ministry, work according to the grace that has been given to you to instruct by teaching and to exhort by encouraging those who are entrusted to your care, guiding them with attention and vigilance, in order to fulfill toward them the principal duty of fathers and mothers toward their children.
Eternal Father, you created us to know the fullness of your blessings. And while we try to use these blessings well, we also sin and fall short of your will for us. In your wisdom and mercy, you sent to us your Son, so that we might be redeemed and live in right relationship with you and one another. In this Octave of Christmas, as you have loved us, may we grow in our love for each other. As you have saved us, may we proclaim your salvation through works of peace and justice. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.