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The Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple

Rev. Walter J. Quinn, OSA
Priest Associate, Priests for Life

February 02, 1999
   
 

Candlemas Day                     

LK 2:22-40                                                                 

SAM  8:00AM

                   SAM =  St Augustine Monastery,   Antigonish. Nova Scotia,  Canada

 

TODAY’S FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION of Our Lord in the Temple can actually be ranked right up there along side of Christmas, Epiphany, Good Friday, Easter & the Ascension. Today’s Feast was very  important in the Life of Our Lord.

 

WE MIGHT ASK what does the Church want to IMPRESS upon us by the Presentation of the Christ Child in the Temple.....by His Mother Mary....&....His Foster Father St. Joseph?  To answer this question we ought to consider 3 Important Features or LESSONS of the Presentation of the Lord.

 

FIRST.....Mary & Joseph OBEYED the LAW.....when Jesus was Consecrated to the Lord.  This makes little sense since HE WAS THE LORD!  But here we examine further.  Christ was born into a Family, a Religious group, a Society...& CHRIST wanted to LIVE by their Valid Standards.... & JUST LAWS.  So the FIRST LESSON is that WE TOO must OBEY Just & Legitimate LAWS. This is LESSON NUMBER ONE.

 

SECONDLY..Our Lord SOLEMNLY Presents Himself to.....GOD THE FATHER....as the Psalmist says.........says ....”here I am O Lord......I come to do YOUR WILL!  However,  THERE IS....& CAN BE & SHOULD BE more than mere Obedience to LAW......more the SAINTS. an mere fulfillment of one’s DUTY......IF one is to reach the higher Mansions of Grace & Glory in Heaven.

 

THIS IS WHAT WE FIND in the Lives of the They ALL went far beyond mere Obedience to Law ...the mere minimum.   On one occasion Our Lord cautioned us NOT to be...”Useless Servants who have done no more than their Duty.”   

 

The SAINTS sought & offered....Total & Complete Surrender of themselves to God...trying to unite their Will to the Divine Will.  They tried to do so with Great Love of God.  Here the whole person

 surrenders to the Heart of Christ.  There developes a Will of Union, a Positive Cooperation of the Soul...a desire to be...”desolved in God.”  This is WHY St Paul wrote....”to be with Christ I the far the far better thing.”   THIS IS LESSON TWO.

 

THIRDLY.....Christ manifests Himself to Simeon & Anna.  He shows Himself to them and through  them....TO ALL MANKIND as.....”the Light of Revelation to the Gentiles...& a Glory to My People Israel.”

 

AT THE   EASTER ENTRANCE Liturgy...the LUMEN CHRISTI  (Light of Christ) is sung. He shines forever  & He leads us all to God.....& to the Heaven for which we all were created....

                                              ”SO THAT WHERE I AM YOU ALSO MAY BE.” 

                                      CHRIST THE LIGHT SHOWS US THE WAY TO HEAVEN.

 

                    ALL OF WHICH IS SYMBOLIZED TODAY BY THE BLESSING OF CANDLES.   

                       THIS DAY HAS BEEN KNOWN FOR CENTURIES AS CANDLEMAS DAY.

                                          AND THIS IS LESSON NUMBER THREE

   
 
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