Homily for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord Year A (2)

Homily for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord Year A

Theme: The Presentation of the Lord

By: Fr. Agustin Mateo, Pastor
St. Rose of Lima Parish, Gaithersburg, MD

 

Homily for Sunday February 2 2020

Today the Church celebrates the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, which occurs forty days after the birth of Jesus. This feast, originating in the fourth century Jerusalem, came to be celebrated in Rome by the middle of the fifth century under its Greek title “Feast of the Meeting”, known also as Candlemas Day. According to the 1962 Missal of St. John XXIII, today is referred to as the “Purification of Mary.” We meditate the presentation of the Lord in the temple and the purification of the Virgin Mary at the fourth joyful mystery of the Rosary. These joyful events point back to the solemnity of Christmas feast. The liturgy gives us the option to bless and process with candles reminding us of the light who has come into the world, Jesus Christ.

Today we also celebrate the World Day for Consecrated Life. Its purpose is to help the entire Church to increasingly appreciate the witness of those persons who have chosen to follow Christ by means of the practice of the evangelical counsels. It is also a suitable occasion for consecrated persons to renew their vocation and rekindle the fervor, which should inspire their offering of themselves to the Lord. The Church demonstrates her gratitude to all those in community that dedicate themselves in a privileged way to prayer.

Jesus’ presentation signifies God’s entrance to his temple. God made man entered his temple, presenting himself to those who were really searching for him. Although the Virgin Mary had no need of purification, Joseph and Mary respected the Mosaic Law and presented the baby Jesus. They offered the sacrifice prescribed for the poor, namely, a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons. The presentation shows us that Joseph and Mary were truly just and with the fear of God. Simeon and Anna were two venerable elderly people dedicated to prayer and fasting. This pious life prepared them to recognize Jesus as the Messiah. The figures of Simeon and Anna remind us that prayer and contemplation are not just a waste of time or an obstacle to charity. On the contrary, time could not be better spent than in prayer, as true Christian charity is a consequence of a solid interior life. Only those who pray and offer penance are opened to the work of the Holy Spirit. We offer our thanks and prayers to all those men and women, who like Simeon and Anna, spent their life at the service of the temple, the body of Christ.m Fr. Agustin Mateo, Pastor
St. Rose of Lima Parish, Gaithersburg, MD
for February 2, 2020, Presentation of the Lord

Today the Church celebrates the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, which occurs forty days after the birth of Jesus. This feast, originating in the fourth century Jerusalem, came to be celebrated in Rome by the middle of the fifth century under its Greek title “Feast of the Meeting”, known also as Candlemas Day. According to the 1962 Missal of St. John XXIII, today is referred to as the “Purification of Mary.” We meditate the presentation of the Lord in the temple and the purification of the Virgin Mary at the fourth joyful mystery of the Rosary. These joyful events point back to the solemnity of Christmas feast. The liturgy gives us the option to bless and process with candles reminding us of the light who has come into the world, Jesus Christ.

Today we also celebrate the World Day for Consecrated Life. Its purpose is to help the entire Church to increasingly appreciate the witness of those persons who have chosen to follow Christ by means of the practice of the evangelical counsels. It is also a suitable occasion for consecrated persons to renew their vocation and rekindle the fervor, which should inspire their offering of themselves to the Lord. The Church demonstrates her gratitude to all those in community that dedicate themselves in a privileged way to prayer.

Jesus’ presentation signifies God’s entrance to his temple. God made man entered his temple, presenting himself to those who were really searching for him. Although the Virgin Mary had no need of purification, Joseph and Mary respected the Mosaic Law and presented the baby Jesus. They offered the sacrifice prescribed for the poor, namely, a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons. The presentation shows us that Joseph and Mary were truly just and with the fear of God. Simeon and Anna were two venerable elderly people dedicated to prayer and fasting. This pious life prepared them to recognize Jesus as the Messiah. The figures of Simeon and Anna remind us that prayer and contemplation are not just a waste of time or an obstacle to charity. On the contrary, time could not be better spent than in prayer, as true Christian charity is a consequence of a solid interior life. Only those who pray and offer penance are opened to the work of the Holy Spirit. We offer our thanks and prayers to all those men and women, who like Simeon and Anna, spent their life at the service of the temple, the body of Christ.

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