Pastors Desk: The Presentation of the Lord/A

Posted 1st February 2020 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 2nd February 2020 - The Presentation of the Lord/A

presentation-of-the-lordToday we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord which is also known as Candlemas. If we count the number of days from Christmas day until the 2nd of February, today is the 40th day. In the Book of Leviticus, a Jewish woman was required to live in isolation or seclusion for forty days after giving birth to a son. In the past, a similar tradition was observed in the Catholic Church, which required women to be ‘churched’ within a specified period after giving birth - a practice that was often misunderstood.

As devout Jews, Mary and Joseph knew this tradition and so they brought the infant Jesus, their first-born male son, to the temple on this day to be consecrated to the Lord and to offer a sacrifice as the ancient Law of Moses had requested.

Simeon was a noble and devout figure in the community. He spent much of his time in prayer in the temple waiting for the One to come who would establish Israel’s comforting as the prophet Isaiah had predicted. Furthermore, Simeon believed that he would not die until he had set his eyes on the ‘Christ of the Lord’. The Holy Spirit prompted him to come to the temple and as soon as Mary and Joseph enter with Jesus, Simeon takes him into his arms and thanks God that the light of the world that had been foretold had now been revealed to all humanity.

As we leave Mass on Candlemas, we are asked to carry his light into our homes, our community, our world and help to enlighten the lives of those we love and meet.

Fr. Gerry C.