Monday, December 28, 2015




St. Thomas Becket, Bishop and Martyr                     



1 Jn 2:3 – 11 / Lk 2:22- 35


[St. Thomas Becket (1118 – 1170), Archbishop of Canterbury, was martyred at his cathedral by agents of King Henry II.]


Reading: 1 Jn 2:3 – 11

     How can we know that we know him? If we fulfill his commands.

     If you say, "I know him," but do not fulfill his commands, you are a liar and the truth is not in you. But if you keep his word, God's love is made complete in you. This is how we know that we are in him: he who claims to live in him must live as he lived.

     My dear friends, I am not writing you a new commandment, but reminding you of an old one, one you had from the beginning. This old commandment is the word you have heard.

     But, in a way, I give it as a new commandment that is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light already shines.

     If you claim to be in the light but hate your brother, you are still in darkness.

     If you love your brothers and sisters, you remain in the light and nothing in you will make you fall. But if you hate your brother you are in the dark and walk in darkness without knowing where you go, for the darkness has blinded you.


Gospel: Lk 2:22 - 35

     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 firstborn 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 upon him. He looked forward to the time when the Lord would comfort Israel, and 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 in 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." 

     His father and mother wondered at what was said about the child. Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother, "See him; he will be for the rise or fall of the multitudes of Israel.  He shall stand as a sign of contradiction, while a sword will pierce your own soul.  Then the secret thoughts of many may be brought to light."



     The Law of Moses prescribed that "every firstborn to leave the womb among the sons of Israel, whether of man or beast"(Ex 13:1) is the Lord's to "remind them of the power of Yahweh which brought them out of Egypt." (Ex 13:16) A firstborn son may be redeemed by the offering of a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.

     Simeon was assured by God "he would not die before seeing the Messiah of the Lord": "Here is the light you will reveal to the nations and the glory of your people Israel."

     The Child Jesus is presented to his Father as Mary's firstborn and is redeemed, following the law of Moses. The Child Jesus is acknowledged by Simeon and given to us as our salvation and the light of the nations. 

     With Mary let us treasure God's loving graciousness and continually ponder over them. With the shepherds at his birth and the prophetess Anna at the Temple, let us give glory to God for all we have heard and seen. (Lk 2:20, 38)









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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