Gospel Reflections

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

Luke 2:22-40

Feast Day Reflection by Sister Mary O'Brien

Published: February 02, 2018

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This feast brings to us a blaze of light – not only the candles but the message that God made himself like us in order to bring us to salvation.  Candles light up the darkness and bring life as they flicker.  We seek God – but our light can grow dim.  In the first reading we hear the prophet Malachi saying, “The Lord whom you seek will suddenly come into his temple.”  That line brings hope and truth and encourages us to continue to seek when things become dark.

Simeon and Anna were people who lived seeking the Lord.  They did not necessarily know one another but they came to the right part of the temple at the right moment because they followed the light offered to them by God.  Anna lived in the Temple but Simeon – it seems – lived elsewhere.  But they came at that moment – drawn by God to give us hope.  Simeon knew – how did he know? –he would not die until he had seen the Lord, the anointed.  Mary and Joseph must have recognised the goodness of Simeon in that they allowed him to take the child into his arms.  Then Anna came and also blessed the child.  Meanwhile Mary was told that she would suffer for the sake of others.

After completing the rites of presentation the family travelled home to Nazareth – to the ordinary life watching the child as he grew strong and became filled with wisdom.  Mary and Joseph lived lives seeking God – and living with God. 

So may we live our lives always seeking the Lord and rejoicing when, perhaps, the light of candles brings us to a realisation of the real presence of the Lord.


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