Feast of the Presentation of the Lord
SM Albertine Stachowski, cssf
Malachi 3:1-4; Hebrews 2:14-18; Luke 2:22-40
God’s word … coming to the people of Israel through tradition … laws and the prophets … prepared them for the coming of the Messiah.
The first reading promises that a messenger of the covenant … will come to the Temple and bring the message of redemption. We see Jesus as the fulfillment of that prophecy.
In the second reading … it is clear that Jesus shared our humanity.
Then the Gospel tells the story of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple … we see Mary and Joseph fulfilling the Jewish Law that required the firstborn male child be consecrated to God.
The Gospel also introduces two elderly people who were waiting for the prophecies to be fulfilled. Simeon recognizes and proclaims Jesus as the long awaited Messiah. Anna … the prayerful woman … gives thanks to God and speaks about the child to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.
For Simeon … and Anna … and all of Israel … finally their hope was fulfilled. In Jesus … the light for all nations has come. Jesus is our light.
This feast of the Presentation celebrates 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 of Jesus to those around us.