Monday, February 01, 2010
FEAST, PRESENTATION OF THE LORD
FEAST, PRESENTATION OF THE LORD
TUESDAY 4TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
'Look, I shall send my messenger to clear a way before me. And
suddenly the Lord whom you seek will come to his Temple; yes, the
angel of the covenant, for whom you long, is on his way, says Yahweh
Sabaoth. Who will be able to resist the day of his coming? Who will
remain standing when he appears? For he will be like a refiner's fire,
like fullers' alkali. He will take his seat as refiner and purifier;
he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver,
so that they can make the offering to Yahweh with uprightness. The
offering of Judah and Jerusalem will then be acceptable to Yahweh as
in former days, as in the years of old.
Since all the children share the same human nature, he too shared
equally in it, so that by his death he could set aside him who held
the power of death, namely the devil, and set free all those who had
been held in slavery all their lives by the fear of death. For it was
not the angels that he took to himself; he took to himself the line of
Abraham. It was essential that he should in this way be made
completely like his brothers so that he could become a compassionate
and trustworthy high priest for their relationship to God, able to
expiate the sins of the people. For the suffering he himself passed
through while being put to the test enables him to help others when
they are being put to the test.
And when the day came for them to be purified in keeping with the Law
of Moses, they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord-
observing what is written in the Law of the Lord: Every first-born
male must be consecrated to the Lord- and also to offer in sacrifice,
in accordance with what is prescribed in the Law of the Lord, a pair
of turtledoves or two young pigeons. Now in Jerusalem there was a man
named Simeon. He was an upright and devout man; he looked forward to
the restoration of Israel and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had
been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death
until he had set eyes on the Christ of the Lord. Prompted by the
Spirit he came to the Temple; and when the parents brought in the
child Jesus to do for him what the Law required, he took him into his
arms and blessed God; and he said: Now, Master, you are letting your
servant go in peace as you promised; for my eyes have seen the
salvation which you have made ready in the sight of the nations; a
light of revelation for the gentiles and glory for your people Israel.
Today's gospel is a story about loving parents, a baby, religious
observance, a visionary holy man, and a wise woman. Being observant
Jews, Simeon and Anna knew the prophecies. They knew that God's
promise would one day be fulfilled, and they were looking for the
signs. Both immediately recognized Jesus as the long awaited Messiah.
Simeon was gifted with the Holy Spirit as he spoke of this child as a
light to the Gentiles and the glory for Israel. Anna lived her days
and nights in worship, fasting, and prayer, in a sense, she was in the
right place at the right time and because she was prepared, she was
able to recognize the revelation of God in Jesus in the Temple that
day in Jerusalem.
Jesus is present for us in many ways. Yet, we have to admit that
sometimes are unable to recognize him. We have received the gift of
the Holy Spirit who will show us Jesus within us and in others. We are
temples of the Holy Spirit for the whole Spirit of Christ is in each
of the members of the Church.
We have, within each of us, the grace of God necessary to recognize
Jesus. We only have to extend our arms in love to those around us if
we wish to imitate Simeon and Anna. If this is difficult to do,
remember that Jesus gives us the strength to follow his command that
"You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your
being, with all your strength, and all your mind, and your neighbor as
yourself" (Luke 10:27).
Are we able to recognize Jesus in our lives today?
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Davis Danao
- Renan Lacida
- Walter Stamatelaky
- Francis Torres
- Mon Torres
- Jo Marcelo
- Ricky Ongkiko
… for the personal intentions of:
- Mariano M.
- Abraham A.
- Alberto Guaba
- Josheil Dapo
.. Birthday: John Lim
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Stephanie Branganza
- Birthday: Vicki U. Del Carmen
- Wedding Anniversary: Delfin & Josita Abadco
- Wedding Anniversary: Jimmy & Francoise Tee
- Wedding Anniversary: JC & Melissa Mercado
- Wedding Anniversary: Victor & Helen Yao
- In Memoriam (+): Valentino Chao (Feb 14, 1957-Feb 2, 1983)+
… for the healing and peace of all families
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers
and for those who need our prayers the most.
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