Prepared By Bro John Albert Arul Devanesan fsg
Opening Hymn: Be Thou My Vision by Audrey Assad
Book of Wisdom 18: 14-15
When peaceful silence lay overall, and night had run the half of her swift course, down from the heavens, from the royal throne, leapt your all-powerful Word like a pitiless warrior into the heart of a land doomed to destruction. Carrying your unambiguous command like a sharp sword,
Recognizing Wisdom’s Presence
St Luke 2: 22 – 35; 36 – 40 (Simeon and Anna)
And when the day came for them to be purified in keeping with the Law of Moses, they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord- observing what is written in the Law of the Lord: Every first-born male must be consecrated to the Lord- and also to offer in sacrifice, in accordance with what is prescribed in the Law of the Lord, a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.
Now in Jerusalem there was a man named Simeon. He was an upright and devout man; he looked forward to the restoration 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 until he had set eyes on the Christ of the Lord. Prompted by the Spirit he came to the Temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the Law required, he took him into his arms and blessed God; and he said: Now, Master, you are letting your servant go in peace as you promised; for my eyes have seen the salvation which you have made ready in the sight of the nations; a light of revelation for gentiles and glory for your people Israel.
As the child's father and mother were wondering at the things that were being said about him, Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, 'Look, he is destined for the fall and for the rise of many in Israel, destined to be a sign that is opposed- and a sword will pierce your soul too -- so that the secret thoughts of many may be laid bare.'
There was a prophetess, too, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was well on in years. Her days of girlhood over, she had been married for seven years before becoming a widow. She was now eighty-four years old and never left the Temple, serving God night and day with fasting and prayer. She came up just at that moment and began to praise God; and she spoke of the child to all who looked forward to the deliverance of Jerusalem.
When they had done everything the Law of the Lord required, they went back to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. And as the child grew to maturity, he was filled with wisdom; and God's favour was with him.
Love of Eternal Wisdom # 47 – Wisdom draws near humanity with her gifts
During the whole time preceding his Incarnation, eternal wisdom proved in a thousand ways his friendship for men and his great desire to bestow his favors on them and to converse with them. “My delight is to be with the children of men” (Prov. 8:31). He went about seeking that worthy of him (Wis. 6:16), that is that worthy of his friendship, his precious gifts, his very person. He passed through different nations, making them prophets and friends of God (Wis. 7:27; cf. 7:14). He it was who instructed all the holy patriarch, all the friends of God, all saints, and prophets of old and New Testament (Wis. 7).
This same Wisdom inspired men of God and spoke by mouths of prophets. He directed their ways and enlightened them in their doubts. He upheld them in their weakness and freed them from all harm.
Reflection – Growing Gracefully in the sight of God
Simeon was in resonance with God’s Voice and his promises. A righteous and devout man.
Anna as a prophetess had a special focus in life and an exemplary persistence in hope.
Where do we stand in this relationship with Wisdom? How can I deepen?
As the New Year 2022 has begun, perhaps it is time to take a deeper look at the spiritual development of recognizing Wisdom and His Friendship in our daily lives.
Closing Hymn: In Christ Alone by BYU Vocal Point