A Receiving Without Boundaries … Thursday, January 17

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A Rosary Meditation … The Fourth Joyful Mystery, the Presentation. “And when they brought in the child Jesus, he received him into his arms and blessed God.” Luke 2:27-28. This of course refers to Simeon, faithfully waiting for the promised One and the fulfillment of God’s promise to him that he would see Messiah before he died. My first thought upon reading this concerned waiting, seeing and receiving, but of another sort. It occurs to me that what happened to Simeon once can potentially happen to us daily in the Holy Mass. We wait, Jesus is placed in our “arms” so that we can hold Him not only TO our breast but IN it as well, and we see all of this, veiled as it is with the earthy elements of bread and wine, with eyes of faith. Pity those without eyes to see or ears to hear. “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” Read John 6. There has ever been ONE sacrifice for sins, and ONE Who is both the Priest Who offers and the Lamb Who is offered. That ONE sacrifice began at the Lord’s Supper and continued on through Calvary and will continue daily til the end of the age. And we can receive the benefits daily at Mass, at least weekly at Mass, and whenever we desire via a spiritual communion. The Babe in Simeon’s arms knows no boundaries. We are blessed with a receiving without boundaries.

Today … St. Anthony the Abbot. Feel free to Google him. There’s much to be known, and even more to be learned, from his example. Two Greek philosophers came to him at one point. When he asked them why they came they said they had heard he was a wise man and that was why they’d come to see him. He said, “If you think me wise, become what I am, for we ought to imitate the good. Had I gone to you, I should have imitated you, but since you have come to me, become what I am, for I am a Christian.” Anthony received these well thought of wise men, he received the poor suffering ones who were in need of healing, he received those who came to him without respect of persons. Why? Because he had received Christ first.

And … “I would fain improve every opportunity to wonder and worship, as a sunflower welcomes the light.” (Henry David Thoreau) Receive.

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