Homily for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord Year A
Theme: The Presentation of the Lord in the temple
By: Fr. Patrick
Homily for Sunday February 2 2020
Gospel: Lk 2:22-40
My dear friends, our schools celebrated Catholic Schools Week just gone and one aspect of that is celebrating the special place grandparents play in the lives of their grandchildren. Schools invite grandparents to visit the children and both thoroughly enjoy the experience. It’s important to celebrate the role grandparents make in the lives of our young people and the role our elder generations play in our community. They have the wisdom and experience that the younger generations are still learning and they contribute extensively to society and to our church.
There has been an International Congress these last few days at the Vatican on the pastoral care of the elderlyentitled, “the richness of many years of life”, a beautiful title that expresses the way we should always see older people. Because of their experience and the time they have on their hands they are crucial in passing on the faith to younger people. Very often it is they who, not just pass on the faith to their grandchildren, but also are the backbone of the church and local communities. The conference is looking at ways to support the elderly, as every stage of life has its challenges for at times they are marginalised, even abandoned.
My friends today we celebrate the presentation of Jesus in the temple. Jesus is offered to God by Mary and Joseph, in thanksgiving and praise as their first-born son. We come to Mass today and each week like Mary and Joseph in thanksgiving and praise and present our hearts to God and ask for his blessing. I would like to finish on this day of the Presentation of the Lord, to present to the Lord our elder generations and thank God for the gift they are, the loving they do, the inspiration they give, the caring they provide, their witness to goodness and kindness and for the wonderful gift and contribution they make to our church and to society. We thank God so much and present to the Lord on this feast day of the Presentation our much loved and appreciated elders. May they always sense God’s closeness and love! Amen.
Conclusion of Mass – the takeaway
On this feast day of the Presentation of the Lord we present ourselves and our hearts to God and also in particular with thanksgiving our much loved and appreciated elders