When she had weaned him, she took him up with her, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine. She brought him to the house of the Lord at Shiloh; and the child was young. Then they slaughtered the bull, and they brought the child to Eli.
And she said, “Oh, my lord! As you live, my lord, I am the woman who was standing here in your presence, praying to the Lord. For this child I prayed; and the Lord has granted me the petition that I made to him. Therefore I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he lives, he is given to the Lord.” She left him there for the Lord.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
It is Christmas weekend, with all the personal energy and family activity this involves. No doubt we will cram many “adventures” into the coming Christmas season. As it all begins, take some time to ponder and savor the verses from psalm 25 which we pray during the Advent season:
Your ways, O Lord, make known to me: teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my savior.
Good and upright is the Lord: thus he shows sinners the way.
He guides the humble to justice; he teaches the humble his way.
All the paths of the Lord are kindness and constancy
toward those who keep his covenant and his decrees.
—The Jesuit Prayer team at St. Camillus
O King of all nations and keystone of the Church:
come and save man, whom you formed from the dust!
—O Antiphon for today
Please share the Good Word with your friends!