Saturday 30 December 2017

About Today Readings

1 John 2:12-17. Psalm 95(96):7-10. Luke 2:36-40.

Let heaven and earth exult in joy!—Psalm 95(96):7-10.

Anna is an interesting person in the gospel.

We are told that she was a prophetess, old, a widow, and served God day and night in the Temple. We are told elsewhere that Anna was given charge of Mary when Mary was dedicated, at age 11, to the Temple. Anna the prophetess recognised who the infant Jesus was. Anna praised God and ‘spoke of the child to all who looked forward to the deliverance of Jerusalem’.

It is interesting that Anna is named as a prophetess. Interesting that a woman spoke in the Temple. Interesting that, with Simeon, she recognised the

baby for who he was. And she, a woman, proclaimed it. In the Temple.

Not many women are named in the Hebrew or Christian scriptures. Anna is one of the few. Time. Place. Proclamation. Interesting.

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