Posted by: fvbcdm | February 2, 2016

Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord (2 February 2016)

On this beautiful feast day of our Church calendar, we discover that what we are celebrating has a number of important elements, each of which is the apt object of meditation and prayer. Let’s look at some of them:

  • This the feast of the Presentation of Our Divine Lord as a 40-day old baby in the temple at Jerusalem, in accordance with Jewish worship.

  • It is the time that Jesus is officially and formally presented to God his father in the temple, the dwelling of God among his people.

  • It is the momentous meeting of the Jewish temple — an inanimate building — with the Christian temple: the body of Jesus in which God dwells far more really and intimately and personally than he did in the sacred building in Jerusalem.

  • Two persons who were prophets of the Jewish cult, namely Simeon and Anna, recognize this baby as the promised Messiah, and they thank God for having fulfilled his promises of old.

  • Simeon calls Jesus a LIGHT to enlighten the Gentile nations of the world and the glory of the Jewish people. Thus all of humanity has reason to rejoice over the birth of Jesus in our world. The Jewish temple receives the Christian savior; Jewish prophets hail this Jewish Messiah who is the glory of the Jewish race and the hope of all humankind.

  • This is the fourth joyful mystery of the Rosary. But it is also first of our Lady’s sorrows, since Simeon looks into the future and sees that her soul shall be pierced by the sword of Jesus’s sufferings and death. Thus the shadow of the cross falls across her life even as early as this, and at such a joyous celebration.

  • This is the feast that used to be called Candlemas Day, since in honor of Christ, a light of revelation to the nations, candles were blessed on this day for religious use in churches and homes.

  • And finally, this is the celebration of the event that occurred when Jesus was only forty days old. He is called the light of revelation to the nations; as an adult he would say of himself: I am the light of the world!

Christ, light of the world, illumine our minds and hearts, and shine in all our words and actions. Thank you for seeking God’s truth.  God bless you.  Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note:  This message was composed some years ago.

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