Homily (Reflection) for the Sixth day in the Octave of Christmas (30th December, 2017) on the Gospel
1Jn 2:12-17;
Ps 95:7-10. (R. v. 11);
Lk 2:36-40.

Topic: Anna’s worship.
In today’s gospel, we read about the role of a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel during the presentation of Jesus in the temple. A little we know about this woman is a good material for our Christian reflection. She lived with her husband for just seven years before becoming a widow and had been a widow to the age of eight-four. The gospel also tells us that even in such a challenging situation “She never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day” (Lk 2:37).
There are many challenges we face in life. In these challenging situations, Saint Paul admonishes us in his letter to the Philippians thus:
...let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you stand firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel (Phil 1:27).
And in his second letter to his son Timothy we also read: “preach the word, be urgent in season and out of season...” (2Tim 4:2).
We are expected to worship God like Anna both when people are looking at us and when none is looking (night and day) with fasting and prayer. We must be victorious always no matter the challenging situation we are in, cf. Rom 8:37-39.
Bible Reading: Rom 8:31-39.
Thought for today: Be who you are.
Let us pray: May God help us to be His true children always – Amen.
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