Advent Reflection #30
Anna was an old widow that had devoted her life to God. According to Luke, she never left the temple, worshipping there both day and night. When the young boy Jesus was within sight she immediately recognized him and began to praise God. She was ready, in other words. She was so devoted to God that she recognized the strange and beautiful answer to Israel’s prayers and immediately praised God.
What might you learn from Anna? How might you worship God both day and night? While worshipping at a church 24 hours a day may not be necessary, there’s something to be said of the immediacy of Anna’s recognition of Jesus. Anna was truly ready. As the Advent season draws to a close, do not let the emphasis on being prepared and awake for Jesus die. God is still moving, Jesus will return – but we must be ready, and attuned to God’s Spirit, in order to recognize what God is doing in the world around us.
Come Lord Jesus.