Longing – A Reflection on the Feast of the Presentation, Luke 2:22-40

The collect and readings for the Feast of the Presentation may be found here. The story of Jesus’ presentation in the temple is found in Luke 2:22-40. —– They met in the temple, Mary and Joseph, Anna, Simeon, Jesus. How did they get there? What brought them to that place of meeting? What brings us to the temple, the place where God resides? Mary and … Continue reading Longing – A Reflection on the Feast of the Presentation, Luke 2:22-40

Feast of the Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Anna and Joachim

Let us sing praises to Joachim and Anna, the couple honored by God (and they are His kinsmen). They have borne for us the Maiden who in a manner beyond understanding gave birth to Him who though fleshless, became the incarnate to save the world. With her they intercede for our souls. (Toparion of the Eastern Orthodox Church) Today, July 26, is the Feast of … Continue reading Feast of the Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Anna and Joachim

Entering the Temple of the Heart

If the heart is the most authentic temple of God, the truest dwelling place of God, then it is also our true home. It is the deepest and most authentic part of our humanity, the place of wholeness and integration. “All things are there,” Macarius says of the heart. The heart is not only the physical but also the psychic and spiritual center of the … Continue reading Entering the Temple of the Heart

The Temple of the Heart

Today, February 2, is the Feast of the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple. The gospel for this feast tells us about Anna, an 84 year old widow, a prophet, who “never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day” (Luke 2:37). She saw Mary, the Blessed Theotokos, the Mother of God, place her forty day old son into … Continue reading The Temple of the Heart