The Exchange … Monday, February 4

Early life of Christ in the Bowyer Bible print...

Early life of Christ in the Bowyer Bible print 7 of 21. presentation of Jesus in the Temple & Simeon. Opie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Rosary Meditation … The Fourth Joyful Mystery, the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple. “Now thou dost dismiss thy servant, O Lord, according to thy word, in peace.” God had promised Simeon that he would get to see the Promised One, Messiah, before he died. The Promise having been fulfilled Simeon could now die in peace. A Holy death. Having had the Christ presented to him he had, in a sense, presented himself to Christ. An exchange had taken place. God had given Himself to Simeon and Simeon had given himself to God. That’s a good way to describe a Christians relationship with God, isn’t it? He presents Himself to us, for us, in the manger. He presents Himself to us, for us, via the yearnings of our heart as He stands at its door, knocking. Revelation 3:20a. A part of this knocking, of the invitation to share, is a dinner invitation. Revelation 3:20b. He presents Himself to us, for us, daily at Holy Mass. And with every bit of beauty that we are blessed to witness He offers a union with the Artist if we’ll only enter into His beauty. He has and does present Himself to us, for us. We have a choice of responses.

Today … St. Berlinda. A hermitess of Belgium. Berlinda, also called Berlindis or Bellaude, was a niece of St. Amandus. She entered the Benedictine convent of St. Mary‘s at Moorsel, in Belgium. She later became a hermitess at Meerbeke. Here is someone who answered the offer to exchange. Christ had given Himself for and to St. Berlinda. She reciprocated. We can’t all go to the convent or the hermit’s cell. But we can all take part in the exchange.

Please … Hermit, hermitess, brother, sister, monk, nun, friar, priest. Pray that people, maybe you, answer the call to exchange this life for one of service. Please pray for vocations.

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