1 Jn 2: 3-11 The command to love God and one another has been with us from the beginning – it is rooted in our human nature as something essential to our very being. Without love we would cease to be human! Love is an aspect of discipleship that is often forgotten be cause we overlook it as obvious. We must ensure that we never forget to tell our loved ones that we love them, and to do so often.

Jesus, you have loved me while I was far from you because love does not hold a person ransom to their sins. Help me to forgive as freely as you do.

Lk 2: 22-35 This prayer of Simeon is the epitome of faith. He is a man who has believed in the coming of the Messiah all his life and been promised that he would see the fulfilment of this belief. It happens now! Good things come to he who is willing to wait for them and persevere in working for them. God helps those who help themselves. This does not mean that we can earn salvation – it does mean, however, that the more we demonstrate the desire for something good. The more likely we are to achieve that end.

Holy Spirit, grant me the grace to persevere in all the good things that are related to my salvation. Help me to never give up no matter how difficult the situation of my life may be.