Might this be a good time to discuss prophetess Anna of the temple? She is a prophet, one who proclaims the future , and she predict the Christ Child as salivation. Where does her wisdom come from, I suspect it comes from years. She s one likely without any official authority, though certainly some of that day must have valued her prophesy .She spoke of the Christ, and she prayed. She had aspirations, and hopes.

She never left the temple,
but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer.
And coming forward at that very time,
she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child
to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem.

She also observed She knew of her peoples needs, she heard their cries. She listened to those of authority, she knew what they had proposed. She also witnessed the Child, and there she saw hope. Her hope, and the hope of Israel.Witnesses observe what is paraded before them. Pomp and Circumstances. Officials parade with pomp and that is hard to ignore, certainly the leaders of the day strutted salvation at that temple. But an innocent Child, and parents instructed by angels? There is something new! Something to catch Anna’s attention! Before her is what she had prayed for, not the same old rhetoric of the leaders and their entourage, but something new! She sees something new! A new testament opens before her eyes. She is a prophetess , she tells of what she sees…

Lk 2:36-40


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