February 2, 2015 Feast of the Presentation of the Lord
Malachi 3:1-4; Hebrews 2:14-18; Luke 2:22-40
Throughout history … God’s people were prepared for the coming of Jesus through tradition … laws and the prophets.
The first reading promises a messenger of the covenant who will come to the Temple and bring the message of redemption. We see Jesus as the fulfillment of that prophecy.
In today’s second reading from Hebrews … it is clear that Jesus shared our humanity … and died to destroy the power of death.
The Gospel tells the story of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple … which was a fulfillment of the Jewish Law that required the the firstborn male child be consecrated to God. Mary and Joseph kept the law by bringing Jesus to the temple.
The Gospel also introduces two elderly people who were waiting for the prophecies to be fulfilled. We see Simeon … who recognizes and proclaims Jesus as the long awaited Messiah. There is Anna … the prayerful woman who gives thanks to God and speaks about the child to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.
For Simeon … and Anna … an all of Israel … finally their hope was fulfilled. In Jesus … the light for all nations has come. For us … Jesus is our light.
The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple is a feast of the life and light of God shining forth in the world. The light that was so vivid to Simeon and Anna shines on in and through us.
May we reflect that true light to those around us.