TUESDAY, FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF THE LORD
PRESENTING OURSELVES TO GOD
The Gospel of today describes how Joseph, as the head of the Holy Family of Nazareth, presented Mary and the baby Jesus in the Temple of God, for the mother’s purification and the child’s “redemption.” It also describes the Holy Family’s encounter with the old prophet Simeon and the holy widow Anna. In his prophecy, Simeon extols the divine blessings which the Messiah is bringing to Israel and to all men, and predicts that Mary will play a crucial and sacrificial role in her son’s redemptive work by sharing in his sufferings.
What is the message that we derive from this feast?
- Although we were presented to God on the day of our Baptism, at every holy Mass, we present ourselves once again to the Father along with the self-offering of the son. This offering must reflect in our daily lives an awareness that we are people dedicated and consecrated to God, called to be holy.
- We need the assistance of the Holy Spirit to recognize the presence of Jesus in ourselves and in others. To all those who, like Simeon and Anna, persevere in piety and in the service of God, no matter how insignificant their lives seem in men’s eyes, the Holy Spirit makes Christ known to others. In his plan of redemption, God makes use of these simple souls to do much good for all mankind.
- It is the leaders of the Church – the clergy and the religious – who have devoted their lives to proclaiming the truth of God’s love for us in the person of his son, and therefore, it is just and right that we should also do our best to support them in their mission through obedience, reverence and sincere affection.
Let us be lamps that shine the light of the Saviour upon all peoples, particularly those who are still lost in the darkness of despair and unbelief. May our life at every moment, be presentable to the Lord.
Responsorial Psalm: The Lord of hosts, he is the King of Glory
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