The following reflection is courtesy of Don Schwager (c) 2014, whose website is located at DailyScripture.net
What do you hope for? The hope which God places in our heart is the desire for the kingdom of heaven and eternal life as our happiness. Hope grows with prayer and perseverance. Anna was pre-eminently a woman of great hope and expectation that God would fulfill all his promises. Filled with the Holy Spirit, she was found daily in the house of the Lord, attending to the Lord in prayer and speaking prophetically to others about the Lord’s promise to send a redeemer. She is a model of godliness to all believers as we advance in age.
Advancing age and the disappointments of life can easily make us cynical and hopeless if we do not have our hope placed rightly. Anna’s hope in God and his promises grew with age! She never ceased to worship God in faith and to pray with hope. Her hope and faith in God’s promises fueled her indomitable zeal and fervor in prayer and service of God’s people.
How do we grow in hope? By placing our trust in the promises of Jesus Christ and relying not on our own strength, but on the grace and help of the Holy Spirit. Does your hope and fervor for God grow with age?
“Lord Jesus, may I never cease to hope in you and to trust in your promises. Inflame my zeal for your kingdom and increase my love for prayer, that I may never cease to give you praise and worship”.
The following reflection is courtesy of PresentationMinistries.com (c) 2014. Their website is located at PresentationMinistries.com
BREAK THE WORLD RECORD
“Have no love for the world, nor the things that the world affords.” 1 John 2:15
“If anyone loves the world, the Father’s love has no place in him” (1 Jn 2:15). If we are set on the things of the world, we are enemies of the cross (Phil 3:18-19). “A man is marked out as God’s enemy if he chooses to be the world’s friend” (Jas 4:4). Therefore, it is a matter of everlasting life or death that we both have no love for the world and be crucified to the world and the world to us (Gal 6:14).
What does the Lord mean by the “world”? “Carnal allurements, enticements for the eye, the life of empty show all these are from the world” (1 Jn 2:16). Another translation is: “The lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world” (1 Jn 2:16, RSV-CE).
“Who, then, is conqueror of the world?” (1 Jn 5:5)
“the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God” (1 Jn 5:5),
the one who receives the Holy Spirit, Who proves the world wrong about sin, justice, and condemnation (Jn 16:8), and
the one who is at the foot of the cross where the Spirit crucifies us to the world (see Gal 6:14).
“The world with its seductions is passing away but the man who does God’s will endures forever” (1 Jn 2:17).
Prayer: Father, make me a light to the world of darkness (Mt 5:14). Promise: “She was constantly in the temple, worshiping day and night in fasting and prayer. Coming on the scene at this moment, she gave thanks to God and talked about the Child to all.” Lk 2:37-38 Praise: Margaret quietly and obscurely prays before the Blessed Sacrament and in so doing is instrumental in calling down God’s graces to change this world for the better.
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