Presentation of the Lord
Sunday, Feburary 2, 2020
Today, we read from the Gospel of St. Luke. St. Luke gives us more stories about women than any other gospel. In fact, often throughout the Gospel of St. Luke, there is a story of a man paired with a story of a woman. Our story today pairs Simeon with Anna. They are models of trusting faith, patience and prophecy. They believe in God’s promises.
We hear how Simeon and Anna encounter the child Jesus. Mary and Joseph come to the temple to fulfill their obligations under the Law of Moses. We learn that Simeon is there at the prompting of the Spirit, and Anna is there because she never left the temple. Anna gives thanks to God. She goes on to speak about the child to all who would listen. This child is light and glory for the whole world. We join Simeon and Anna as we lift our voices in praise.
The feast of the Presentation of the Lord is a traditional time for candles to be blessed for use in the home. On what occasions, do you and your family light a candle? Consider how lighting a candle can remind us of Jesus’ presence. How do you recognize Jesus present in your life?
The blessing of throats will take place following each of our weekend Masses and during the 8:30 am Mass on Monday as we commemorate St. Blaise, a martyr and healer.
Have a blessed week! Fr. Len