Wednesday, February 01, 2012
PRESENTATION OF THE LORD
PRESENTATION OF THE LORD
THURSDAY 4TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
Mal 3:1-4 / Heb 2:14-18 / Lk 2:22-40 or 2:22-32
Now I am sending my messenger ahead of me to clear the way; then
suddenly the Lord for whom you long will enter the sanctuary. The
envoy of the covenant which you so greatly desire already comes, says
Yahweh of hosts. Who can bear the day of his coming and remain
standing when he appears? For he will be like fire in the foundry and
like the lye used for bleaching. He will be as a refiner or a fuller.
He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver.
So Yahweh will have priests who will present the offering as it should
be. Then Yahweh will accept with pleasure the offering of Judah and
Jerusalem, as in former days.
And because all those children share one same nature of flesh and
blood, Jesus likewise had to share this nature. This is why his death
destroyed the one holding the power of death, that is the devil, and
freed those who remained in bond age all their lifetime because of the
fear of death. Jesus came to take by the hand not the angels but the
human race. So he had to be like his brothers and sisters in every
respect, in order to be the High Priest faithful to God and merciful
to them, a priest able to ask pardon and atone for their sins. Having
been tested through suffering, he is able to help those who are
When the day came for the purification according to the law of Moses,
they brought the baby up to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord, as
it is written in the law of the Lord: Every first born male shall be
consecrated to God. And they offered a sacrifice, as ordered in the
law of the Lord: a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons. There
lived in Jerusalem at this time a very upright and devout man named
Simeon; the Holy Spirit was in him. He looked forward to the time when
the Lord would comfort Israel, and he had been assured, by the Holy
Spirit, that he would not die before seeing the Messiah of the Lord.
So he was led into the Temple by the Holy Spirit at the time the
parents brought the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom
of the Law. Simeon took the child in his arms, and blessed God,
saying, "Now, O Lord, you can dismiss your servant in peace, for you
have fulfilled your word and my eyes have seen your salvation, which
you display for all the people to see. Here is the light you will
reveal to the nations, and the glory of your people Israel."
As devout Jews, Mary and Joseph faithfully observed the Law of the
Lord. As parents, they subjected themselves to the rite of
"purification" by bringing Jesus to the temple. As Christians, we
follow this tradition in the sacrament of baptism. Our parents present
us to the Lord in order that we become true Christians. They want us
to follow the right path. Like Jesus, we have to follow God's will and
become true children of God.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Tung-Jou Sheh
- Fr Henry Romero
- Lito Blanco
- Francis Torres
- Mon Torres
- Rakkie Villa
- Stella Sison
… for the personal intentions of
- Med Villanueva
- Cherie Torres
... Birthday: John Lim
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Mrs Dolores Lisay
- Mrs Lily Botiquin
Eternal rest grant unto them and may perpetual light shine upon them.
May they and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Stephanie Braganza
- Wedding Anniversary: Delfin & Josita Abadco
- Wedding Anniversary: Jimmy & Francoise Tee
- Thanksgiving: Victor & Helen Yao
- Birthday: Justina Vallejo Garcia +
- In Memoriam (+): Valentino Chao (Feb 14, 1957-Feb 2, 1983)+
… for families who are in need of healing
… for world peace and reconciliation.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers
and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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