Homily for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord Year A
Theme: MEETING THE REVEALED LORD
By: Rev Fr Joseph Nyarko Asare of Obuasi Catholic Diocese
Homily for Sunday February 2 2020
Malachi 3:1-4/Psalm 24:7-10/Hebrews 2:14-18/Luke 2:22-40
The appearing of the Lord was prophesied years before the birth of Jesus. Israel looked up to it because the Lord’s presence meant liberation, restoration and glory for His people. Even nonliving elements like gates were instructed to open up for the Lord’s entry.
Finally, Jesus appeared and entered the busy Temple of Jerusalem. On different occasions, Jesus went to the Temple at the course of His life. Unfortunately, many could not discover Him as the Lord they were waiting for. Interestingly, some fought Him on the grounds that He claimed to be the Messiah.
Today, we celebrate the first physical entry of Jesus to the Temple. It was 40 days after His birth and a Jewish ritual had to be observed. On the occasion, Jesus was presented to the Lord and Mary went through the ritual purification after birth.
God is absolute truth and His words abide forever. Since only the pure in heart will see God, Jesus was presented by the sinless Virgin Mary and the chaste Joseph. At the Temple, He was received by the pious Simeon and pure Anna. All these holy personalities fully offered themselves to the service of the Lord.
The Lord keeps visiting our environment and communities. To enjoy His presence, we must seek purity of heart. When we take purity for granted, we would not discover the Lord who remains very close to us. And with our purity, we must add service to God.
GUIDE TO PRAYER
~For all who have offered themselves wholly for Divine service
~For the grace of holiness
~That we will find joy in serving the Lord