Time To Reflect

Mary treasured all these things and reflected on them in her heart

Luke 2:19
Luke 2:16-21

Sermon Week/Year

Octave of Christmas,

Sermon Topic

New Year,

The Shepherds had heard the angelic message, paid their visit to the Holy Family, had seen the Infant Jesus and returned to their flocks, excitedly proclaiming the Good News as they went their way. As for Mary, her simple life had suddenly become spectacular, and she needed time to take it all in. So she “treasured all these things,” Luke writes, and “reflected on them in her heart.”

Modern men and women whose lives have become too full and too fast have the same need to treasure and reflect. We need time to feel. We need time to think. After an event has jolted us or brought excitement to our lives, we need to ask ourselves, what was the meaning of that experience? Where do I go from here?

Reflection is difficult to do in a crowd. What we need in order to sort things out are solitude and silence. Some significant experiences could never occur except in times of quiet aloneness. During…

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