Monday, November 26

A Rosary Meditation … The Fourth Joyful Mystery, the Presentation. Have you ever wanted something REALLY bad? Maybe a B-B gun or Betsy-Wetsey for Christmas? Those were top priority back in the late fifties and early sixties. And now that we all know how old I am, with life span in mind, can you imagine waiting expectantly, in faith and with patience, for all your life? I don’t mean part of your life but all of it, right up to the point that you’re so old you know you won’t last much longer? Because that’s where Simeon was. He’d heard about the Promised One, Messiah, since childhood. Later God had promised him that he would live to see this One. For some the longer they wait the more disgusted they become. Just watch people in a long checkout line. But others, like Simeon, know that the longer you wait the closer you get. Anna was there waiting too. We aren’t told that God had promised her anything but, and this is just a thought, if she knew something as wonderful as seeing the Messiah was going to happen to Simeon, well, maybe she stayed close so that it would happen to her too. In today’s Gospel reading, Luke 21:1-4, a poor widow tosses all her money into the temples collection plate. In giving all she gave more than any other. Anna and Simeon, there in the temple, worshiping and serving God through sacrifice and prayer, were giving all they had, their very lives. Like good priests and nuns do today. People like the poor widow and Simeon and Anna and faithful religious are all rewarded. Ultimately they are all rewarded in the same way. They get to see Jesus. 1 John 3:2. Where are WE? We’re waiting whether we want to be or not, whether we know it or not. And it doesn’t matter if we’re a Simeon, poor widow, nun, Anna, or priest. Do we wait in faithful, patient expectation? And what is it that we give while we wait? Part of what we have, part of our self, reserving some for us? Look at the Babe in Simeon’s arms and at the happy mother with a heart so loving as to willingly be pierced. Fast forward, but go slow, 33 years. Think about their lives. Ask yourself one simple question. What did they hold back? Luke 10:37b. The faithful and patient will be presented with their reward in the end. Revelation 22.

Today … St. Basolus. Never heard of him? It’s no wonder. He lived as a hermit for 40 years, living on a hill near Reims, France. Forty years is a long time. Wait, sacrifice, pray, be faithful, be patient. Why? For the same reason Simeon and Anna did. He was waiting to see Jesus, waiting for the promised reward of the Beatific Vision. Revelation 22 again. And now, after forty years of faithfulness, a drop in the bucket compared to eternity, he enjoys Christ forever. “Be glad and rejoice, for your reward is very great in heaven.” Matthew 5:12a. Remember that and wait with patient expectation. Even when you’re at the end of a long checkout line at Wal-Mart.

Colossians 1:11-12 … “Strengthened with all might, according to the power of His glory, in all patience and longsuffering with joy, giving thanks to God the Father, who hath made us worthy to be partakers of the lot of the saints in light.”

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