DAILY OFFICE – February 9, 2022

SILENCE & CENTERING – 2 MINUTES

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”- Psa 46:10

Confession:

Father God, Forgive Your sons and daughters for disobeying You. You have asked us to be in this world, but not of it. Yet, we strive to look more and more like those around us. If we see those who are successful in business, we run after that. If we try to “keep up with the Joneses”, we sacrifice our integrity. When we strive to have the perfect marriage, kids, car…we throw away our desire for Your perfect guidance. Forgive our impertinence, God. We seek You with humble hearts and know that
without You, we are nothing. No amount of striving in this world will earn us the free grace You have given us through Jesus Christ, Your son. Thank you, God, Amen.

Prayer:

In peace, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

For wisdom, knowledge and every manifestation of the Holy Spirit, that our words may be measured and intelligible to our fellow Christians and those outside the Church, and our “Amens” uttered always in Christ, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

For the Church, especially those called to be fishers of men in it, that they would not be discouraged when they toil all night and take nothing, but continue to let down their nets at His Word according to that calling, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

For the gift of the Holy Spirit, that we may be mature in our thinking and infants in evil, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

For all Christian homes, that the Word of God would be sown and produce much fruit, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

For faith to let down the nets of the Lord’s Word in our daily vocations, trusting His Son will do His gracious work through poor sinners like us, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

For the sick, the weak and the afflicted, [especially _____________,] that God would not be far from us nor forsake us, but make haste to help us for Christ’s sake, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

For all who commune, that our lips and lives would be cleansed by Christ’s body and blood, and we would be worthy to stand before Him now and at the Last Day, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

O Lord, never depart from us. Though we are unworthy of You and Your bounty, You are pleased to receive our meager thanks and reluctant obedience for the sake of Christ’s perfect obedience. Let Your Word rule us and Your Spirit revive us to leave behind pride and anxiety alike, that we may follow You in all we do; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the same Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Scripture Reading: Malachi 3:1-4

“I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the Lord Almighty.

But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the Lord will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness, and the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the Lord, as in days gone by, as in former years.

Devotional Message:

Suddenly there will come to the temple the Lord whom you seek. (Malachi 3:1)

Malachi’s words seem written just for today’s feast of the Presentation of the Lord: Jesus came “suddenly” into the Temple (3:1). Quietly, without fanfare, in the arms of his mother, yes, but suddenly nonetheless—in an unexpected way. Simeon had been waiting for years to see him, even though he didn’t know exactly who he was waiting for. And so when the Spirit led him into the Temple to meet this poor, humble infant, he was probably surprised. This was the Messiah that Simeon was longing for.

Just as it was for Simeon and the whole people of Israel, so it is for you: there is always something both expected and unexpected about Jesus’ coming. Like Simeon, you may have a time of waiting and then a surprising but joyful fulfillment.

For example, maybe you’re agonizing over a complicated relationship, and out of the blue, an idea for reconciliation comes to you. Or just when you’re ready to give up fighting a long-standing temptation, you suddenly find the grace to resist. Maybe you’re not even seeking Jesus very eagerly. But then, during Mass or in prayer, his Spirit brings his word to life in you in a new and powerful way.

It’s like two sides of a coin. We long for Jesus; we look for his coming into the “temple” of our lives and the situations that weigh on us. And when Jesus does come, it’s often not in the way we expect or even hope for.

You might associate waiting and longing for the Lord with Advent. But Advent is long past. The feast of the Presentation is a reminder that seeking the Lord and waiting for his coming isn’t just for one season of the year. He can come suddenly into the temple of your life at any time, even today! So stay faithful. Be ready. And be open to surprises as he answers your prayers or shows himself to you in a new and unexpected way.

“Lord, I long for you. Come into my life today.”

Prayer: Conclude with 2 Minutes of Silence

The Our Father (Slowly Pray This)

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

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