Feel God's Presence
Do you ever question if God is present in your life? Maybe you've had a really rough few days, time keeps spinning and there's no real time to breathe. Then, all of a sudden, you see a beautiful sunset, making the entire sky look like a rainbow, and the burdens weighing down your heart feel so much lighter. You can see the beauty God is giving to the world, and you feel comforted, knowing He's working in your life too, even if you can't visually see it at the moment. Even though salvation may not be visible in the business of every day life, we see it made visible, made present, in the Eucharist, through Jesus. Each time we go up for communion, we remember God's gift of love for the world and recall Jesus' sacrifice for us.
Today's Gospel states:'And when the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, "Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord") and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, "a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons." Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. And inspired by the Spirit he came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law, he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said, "Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word; for mine eyes have seen thy salvation which thou hast prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to thy people Israel." And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed"'(Luke 2:22-35).
In today's Gospel, we hear about the presentation of Jesus to God, becoming a sign of salvation for the world. Do we ever take the time during communion to see this presence of Jesus in the world, realize the joy given to us in the Eucharist? Take some time to reflect on what receiving the Eucharist means to you, and ask God to be in your heart and acknowledge His presence each time you take a breath. Open your eyes to His presence.
Today's prayer comes from 'Crosswalk' a prayer when you don't feel God's presence:
Father God, I know You are good. Even when my heart wavers and I don’t feel it, I know You are good. Thank You for being bigger than my feelings. Thank You even for entrusting me with these times when believing is hard, when faith requires looking without seeing. You have never failed, though I often fail. You have never proved untrustworthy, though I have proved so fickle and forgetful. So today, I put no trust in my emotions but only in what You have shown me through Your Word to be true—that You are good, all the time. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.