DAILY DEVOTIONS: 'Balanced With Hope'

'Balanced With Hope'
Sixth Day within the Octave of Christmas
And coming forward at that very time...
- Luke 2:38
When Mary and Joseph presented their child in the temple, Simeon entered the scene. Luke tells us that, "...the holy Spirit was upon him" (verse 25). Simeon took Jesus in his arms and prophesied that Mary's heart would be slashed like a sword's wound because of the child's future peril. What a harsh blow to a young mother's heart. But then, Anna--the elderly, wise widow living in the temple for decades--appeared on the scene. Her praise for the child's life balanced Mary's pain with the promise of hope. If we look closely at our personal history, we will see that the Spirit has also sent wise ones to balance our painful episodes with the gift of hope when we were most in need of it.
- Sr. Joyce Rupp, O.S.M.


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