By Fr. Frank J. Timar, MSC

We need to hear such a message of hope and encouragement and, thank God, we have the example of faith and hope shown in two elderly people Simeon and Anna that God is still in charge of the world no matter how much evil there is in it. Simeon had been waiting for the Messiah for some time, and Anna had been looking for this Messiah day and night for years. Their faith was rooted in the promises of God. It was not an empty faith but a faith powerfully inspired by the Holy Spirit. It was a faith in God who alone can bring salvation to us. Theirs is a faith we would do well to imitate.

Fr. Frank J. Timar, MSC (Pennsylvania Community)

Father Frank professed his first vows on September 14, 1952 and was ordained on July 13, 1958. He is in residence at our Sacred Heart Villa in Center Valley, Pennsylvania.

  1. February 8, 2020

    Fr. Timar’s reflection brings home the message of the two characters, Simeon and Anna. Simeon who was looking for the Messiah and Anna who was waiting for the Messiah too, day and night. And he says that is because of their strong faith. Here we see ourselves in these two biblical figures. We should not loose hope until God hears our prayers. Only then we should be able to acclaim the same joyful sentiment as Simeon and Anna.

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