Were the good points made in the sermon you heard during your Mass of Sunday obligation and at Mass for 1 January?
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For my part, I spoke about the figure of the prophetess Anna, who was a widow for many decades. By praying and fasting at the Temple day and night she lived the aspirations of the Psalmist: “One thing I have asked of the Lord, this will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. That I may see the delight of the Lord, and may visit his temple.” And she did.
Anna must have wondered what was in store for her when she was widowed at such a young age. The lot of widows could be precarious in ancient times. She had a discipline of life and fulfilled the virtue of religion. God rewarded her with the sight of the Messiah. Thereupon, with joy, she shared what she had seen with others.
I added as an aside that Anna had come to the Temple “at that very hour” and saw the Lord. Hence, it is a good idea always to arrive in church on time for Mass… and see the Lord.
Of all the universes that God could have created, He created this one, into which He called us into being at a specific point in time and place. We have something to do here. It is often a mystery to us and hard to determine. But the virtue of religion and perseverance are keys.