Posted by: livingscripture | February 2, 2013

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

From the Word of the Day

“Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you promised in the sight of all the peoples.”

(Luke 2: 30-31)

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Today’s Liturgy brings us to the beginnings of our salvation, to the mystery of God’s Son incarnate that fulfills all the prescriptions of the Law of Moses.  We see Him at His presentation in the temple at Jerusalem, consecrated to the Lord as every first-born son of the Israelite people.

The temple is, above all, the house of His Father.  There, in that child still in swaddling clothes, is

Christ, the promised Messiah, the Lord’s anointed announced by the prophets and awaited through the centuries.  The elderly Simeon, a righteous and devout man awaiting the consolation of Israel, was moved by the Holy Spirit.  He takes the child in his arms, blesses the Lord and sings!  He is moved because he recognizes the arrival of the Lord for all his people and for the entire world.  He prophesizes that the long awaited and invoked light will be a sign of contradiction for many and not of resurrection. Some will not be able to understand His thoughts, the light of His words that unveil the thoughts of every human heart.

Just as in preceding events, the canticle and prophesy of Simeon about the child amaze the father and mother of Jesus.  They will only understand later the meaning of ‘being’ in the house of His Father and being about His Father’s business.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on the joy Jesus brought to Simeon and Anna and let that same joy inundate me in His presence, before the Eucharist if possible.

Lord, strengthen my trust in You.  Purify my faith and sustain me with Your grace that I may fulfill my vocation with joy, that of being Your disciple, a light to reveal You to the peoples.

The Voice of the 17th World Day of Consecrated Life 

In Christ we discover that we are loved by God, already consecrated to Him through Baptism, and called to offer ourselves in love, sustained by the Spirit’s grace.  In Him we re-discover each day the meaning of our vocation and the joy of being His disciples and witnesses.  

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