February 2, 2014

Feast of Presentation of the Lord

Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, which is also known as Candlemas, or Candelaria.  In the Jewish tradition, a newborn child is presented in the Temple 40 days after birth.  In Jesus’ case, the Prophet Simeon, and the Prophetess Anna, immediately recognized Him as the Savior and Messiah.  Simeon’s words, known as the Canticle of Simeon, proclaimed Christ as a Light for the revelation to the Gentiles. 

 

Christ is our Light and as His disciples, we are to share His light with the world.  There are so many people who seek His light but look in the wrong places.  This is the reason for the Church, we are to be a visible sign of Christ’s present in the world. In this way, the Church is a Sacrament of Salvation.  How are we shining?  Do we stand out and lead the way to Christ or do we blend in?  If our co-workers or neighbors look at us, can they tell we are Christians by our words and actions?

 

No matter what the world says, the most important thing is the salvation of souls.  We are all seeking God and true joy.  This is a joy which we can only achieve through living the Gospel and sharing His love with others.  This week, I would like to challenge you to step out of your comfort zone and do one thing to demonstrate Christ’s love to someone who may have never authentically experienced it.  Be Christ to that person and help him or her to know just how much Jesus Christ loves us all—if we can all do that this week, what an impact we will make upon our community!

 

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