Approach the Sacrament Like They Did

When I became a godmother for the first time, upon dressing my newborn goddaughter, we realized the store had failed to remove the ink-filled sensor tag.

We rushed to the store, through the icy streets and snow, only to find it still closed. The parents were horrified that the priest and guests may think we were baptizing the child in a stolen garment. Every weekend babies are baptized, and frequently our thoughts are fluttering around some sort of earthly issue instead of the Sacrament itself.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could approach each of the Sacraments and the days we receive them with less concern for the temporal parts of the day, allowing ourselves to focus on the sacred?

How often do we race to Mass, stressed because we didn’t leave adequate time? Or worried that our clothes don’t flatter our figure? How often do we approach a special Sacrament of a loved one with bitterness because we were not selected as the bridesmaid, or sponsor, or godparent? How often our thoughts are stuck on us and how others may perceive us, rather than on the reality that we are experiencing Christ the King?

As I pondered the Gospel from Luke today (Luke 2:22-40), I couldn’t help but think of the years leading up to the presentation of Jesus in the temple.

I think of all the Jewish families who brought their babies to the temple. I think of them scraping money together for the sacrifice and planning the celebration afterwards. I wonder if Simeon watched these families bustle in, some prayerful, joyful, reverent, but perhaps others distracted or disengaged from the ritual.

I think of the Holy Family, and how their entrance must have been different than all the rest. Anna and Simeon were both moved by the Holy Spirit and declared this infant as their King.

Today, let us open our eyes and recognize the King in our own midst.

How often our thoughts are stuck on us and how others may perceive us, rather than on the reality that we are experiencing Christ the King? // Dr. MaryRuth Hackett Click To Tweet

Learn a little more about the Canticle of Simeon here.

Dr. MaryRuth Hackett is the host of the podcast Parenting Smarts. She loves historical fiction, dark chocolate, watching her children play soccer, a good cup of coffee (decaf please) and the quiet of the early morning. She holds a PhD in Educational Psychology and has a passion for helping parents understand the way their children grow and develop. She is a contributing author to our children’s devotional prayer book called Rise Up. You can find out more about her here

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    Marie-Cassandre Olivia MacDonnell
    February 2, 2020 at 6:06 am

    Blessed is She Sisters,

    This is my first time hopping onto a BIS devotional, but wow- I am so moved and really connected to the passages of today.
    To start, I feel like the passage from Hebrew makes me really question the “source” of happiness in my life. If true happiness and joy is an absence of the fear of death, then we really need to have a firm belief, that what is waiting for us on the other side is indescribably more fulfilling and peaceful than what we have one earth.. Last year my high school sweetheart of seven years died in a car crash, and I couldn’t help but think of all of the incredible things he was going to miss out on now that he was “dead”. But if we truly believe that Christ is King, our actions, hopes and joys are all directed at what is to come. We will be unafraid.

    Dressing up for mass will not be to “outdo” the women next to us with the season’s trends, but to humble ourselves in perfect reverence to the King to show we prepared.
    Arriving early to mass won’t be to win the “Best Catholic” award, but just to get the extra time with a King (THEE King), and to make sure we get a good seat to spend time to learn from Him.

    If we remember for who and why we do what we do- then our lives will be so much simpler and guided by His Greater rule of love. Love for him, our neighbors, and ourselves.

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    February 2, 2020 at 6:32 am

    De. Hackett! How this spoke to me this morning. I made a decision yesterday about pursuing my writing career in a different direction. A thousand questions are in my mind. And I find it difficult to concentrate.
    Then this devotional – thank you!

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