As we glory into another year, today’s scriptures remind us to focus on the mission of Jesus Christ. The prophetess, Anna, dedicated her life to prayer, especially after the death of her husband. Anna lived in a special espousal to God, knowing her life had a purpose. Perhaps Anna lived knowing the intercession would bring others, like Jesus, to become firm, be filled with wisdom, and grow with God’s favor upon them.
We are chosen. Saint John inspires us today to keep the word of God within us to conquer the evil one. With the word and sacrament of the Eucharist, we have all that we need. Jesus is living within us, and with our eyes fixed on the Kingdom of Heaven, we can bring forth God’s love in the sacrifices our daily duties demand. We are blessed to be part of Christ’s ministry of LOVE through the heart of the Eucharist.
Our spiritual father, Saint Peter Julian, formed the Sister Servants of the Blessed Sacrament in a “sweet awakening.” He was teaching them to live in God’s Providence through an eternal conversation with the same purpose as the prophets and prophetesses of old.
There is nothing more beautiful than heaven. Nothing is more loveable than Jesus. Oh! When will this sweet awakening come? When shall I see the God of virtues? I see him, I love him, and I adore him. He lives; he loves me on this throne that my hands have raised up for him, that my heart has so long desired. Saint Peter Julian, 1864.
A happy, holy, and blessed NEW YEAR, 2024!
Let Us Pray:
Lord, you know we have many New Year resolutions and good desires. With the help of Mary, mother of God and our mother, assist us in our commitment to our time of adoration – in our prayer of adoring, thanksgiving, forgiveness, and intercession, “In your prayer, aspire to nourish yourself upon God…” Amen.