Keep your eye on … what? … Monday, December 31

Holy Family of Nazareth

Holy Family of Nazareth (Photo credit: Fergal of Claddagh)

A Rosary Meditation … The Fourth Joyful Mystery, the Presentation. “Now there was in Jerusalem a man named Simeon, and this man was just and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel.” Luke 2:25. The first thought I had as I read this was to remember all those times Jesus said to watch and that Simeon was just and devout because he was doing just that. When Messiah came the first time He caught a lot of people off guard. But not Simeon. It occurs to me that we pay attention to a great many things. Some are good, like the water boiling on the stove or a traffic light. Others, like what a certain starlet had for breakfast or that new fad diet touted by Dr. Whoever on NBC/CBS/ABC/etc., well, maybe those aren’t as important as the world seems to think. As a matter of fact, paying attention to the wrong thing can take our attention away from better, more necessary things. And the water boils over, and we run a red light. So people, you and me, need to set priorities. Right ones. Nothing in this world is a bigger priority than what comes next, and by “next” I mean what transpires AFTER this world, this life. The priorities we set “here” in this life will directly affect “there” in that life, and, like Simeon, we need to keep that in mind. Because Simeon was faithful in waiting and watching, because he had his priorities straight, he was rewarded. He got to see the Messiah before he died. If we do what he did we’ll see Messiah too. If not in this life (Maranatha, come Lord Jesus) then in the next. Until then be glad that the starlet had a good breakfast, don’t let the water boil over, and pay close attention to what comes next. A good way to do this? By keeping your eye on Who, not “what”.

Today … St. Sylvester. Okay, I admit it. I picked this saint because I have seven cats and one is named Sylvester. Sylvester (the cat) is very smart. He watches the other cats, he looks both ways when he crosses the street ( I wish he wouldn’t cross it. ) and I watch him and wonder if he knows about the example set by Simeon. But on to our saint. St. Sylvester lived through a very rough period in our history. He saw the reigns of both Diocletian and Maximian. He saw persecutions. And he was there for the triumph of Constantine.  He was also Pope, watching over both the Church in Rome and the Church at large. It was while Sylvester was pope that the Council of Nice was convened. Nice was a turning point, something else, something important in the extreme, to keep watch over. His pontificate lasted 24 years and 11 months. That’s a long time. He had lots to watch, serious things too. But he was faithful in watching over Christ’s Flock, and patient in watching it persecuted. And he saw two wonderful things as a result. He saw the Holy Catholic Church triumph over Rome and its pagan emperors. And he saw, at the end of his watch, himself presented to the Messiah in glory.

And so … Its been said that they also serve who stand and wait. Never think that your watching doesn’t count just because you can’t do what you think of as great things for God. The greatest thing any person ever did was to utter one word, “Yes”. And that came out of the mouth of a seemingly insignificant little 14-year-old girl. And she spent the rest of her life quietly watching over Him and His sheep.

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