By Sem. Ryan Tristan O. Digan
December 30, 2019
Reflecting on our Gospel today, I was thinking of my own grandmother who is now 83 years old. She is also a widow, an old woman and I consider her as religious; she prays the holy rosary each day and she prays for everybody especially our family, relatives, neighbours, and friends. Could she be a prophetess just like Anna?
But what are the qualities of a prophetess? One would say that she must be kind, loving, compassionate, generous, and so on and so forth. Maybe we could think of a prophetess as one who could prophesy; one who speaks the truth. This might be true in its real sense. My lola possesses those qualities and I can remember her saying when I was young, “Someday, you’ll become a priest.” I could say that she is a prophetess and I base that on my own experience of being taken care of by her for 36 years. She is my prophetess. But as I ponder on the similarities of the prophetess Anna and my own lola, I also ask myself, “Can I also be a prophet?”
By virtue of our baptism, we are all called to be a prophet, a prophet in the way we live our life here on earth. Of course, we can be kind, loving, compassionate, generous and we can speak for truth. We all can live the character of a prophet without necessarily being called a “prophet” and I think that is what matters the most as one who is striving to follow the footsteps of Christ.
the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher.
She was advanced in years,
having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage,
and then as a widow until she was eighty-four.
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.
When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions
of the law of the Lord,
they returned to Galilee,
to their own town of Nazareth.
The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom;
and the favor of God was upon him.