Sunday 27 December 2020

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph - Year B

Word for today
The Gospel of Luke 2:22-40


Praying and singing God's praises is the most powerful reality in heaven and on earth. Those who who pray with love, with all their heart, and with a bit of faith will see their life come to an end in a good way. They will experience unheard of things, unknown powers, unattainable knowledge. Why? Because praying, singing praises and adoring is becoming one, becoming one with God. Anna, the beautiful grandmother-prophet, held baby Jesus and drew close to him in the most powerful way possible for a human person: by praising. And coming forward at that very time, she gave thanks to God: the verb used is anthomologhèomai, usually translated with "I praise, thank, confess." It is made up of the prefix antì, “in turn,” and the verb omologhèo, “I agree, I acknowledge." Anthomologhèomai means literally “I agree, I am attuned to, I join, I make a deal, I correspond." Praying, praising, and  adoring is a very powerful action: it makes the human heart become one with God and his divine energy and, at the same time, it helps it let go of human alliances which aim to separate men from themselves, their brothers, creation and God.
Praying is joining, is becoming one. Praying is the most powerful resistance against any kind of separation and division.