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Hope grows with prayer and age

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After hearing the Gospel message you might ask: Is my life in tune with the Holy Spirit?
 
HOPE GROWS WITH PRAYER AND AGE
 
After hearing the Gospel message you might ask: Is my life in tune with the Holy Spirit?
 
It’s easy to sense in the readings today the grateful hearts of Anna, the prophetess, and of Simeon, who awaited Jesus, “the consolation of Israel.” When we look at this great feast of the Holy Family we are celebrating, in the octave of Christmas, we continue to return to the idea of God coming to us with a message of great freedom and great hope. During this time of Christmas, we experience a deep feeling of gratitude because something marvelous has been given to us. It’s clear there isn’t any way to understand the full impact of the salvation story without the help of God’s Holy Spirit. Let us take the time to pray and reflect on this great gift of the incarnation.
 
After hearing the Gospel message you might ask yourself this question? Is your life in tune with the Holy Spirit? Simeon was a man who just towards others and devout towards God. He gladly accepted the mission God called him to perform with much fervent prayer and with patient expectation. Simeon blessed Mary and Joseph and he prophesied to Mary about the destiny of this child and the suffering she would undergo for his sake. There is a certain paradox for those blessed by God. Mary was given the blessedness of being the mother of the Son of God. That blessedness also would become a sword which pierced her heart as her Son died upon the cross. She received both joy and sorrow. We in our lives also face both joy and sorrow in the journey that we must take on this earth. But Mary’s joy was not diminished by her sorrow because it was fueled by her faith and hope in God.
 
What do you hope for in your life? Hope grows with prayer and age. 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 Father’s business in prayer and speaking to others about the promise He would send a redeemer. She is a model to all believers as we advance in age. 
 
Points to Pray and Ponder: How do we grow in hope? Do you place your trust in Jesus? We thank you God for the help of the Holy Family leading the way for us… 
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Từ khóa: Lc 2:22.39-40, thanh-gia,

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