• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐
    圣福若瑟神父

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动
    圣杨生•爱诺德神父

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

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Saturday, 01 February 2020 11:24

The Presentation of the Lord

Written by Fr Elmer Ibarra SVD

 

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

Luke 2:22-40

 

Fr Elmer Ibarra 150 BestMost of us want to imagine what our child will be when s/he grows up. For some of us, we may imagine that our child will become a doctor one day, or for some may s/he will become a teacher one day, or for some, maybe if s/he could become a footy player, it’s not bad at all.

But what if a prophet came to you and said that your child will be a sign to be rejected and a sword will pierce your soul so that the secret thoughts of many may be laid bare. Most probably, you wouldMost of us want to imagine what our child will be when s/he grows up. For some of us, we may imagine that our child will become a doctor one day, or for some may s/he will become a teacher one day, or for some, maybe if s/he could become a footy player, it’s not bad at all. be frightened about that prospect and yet Mary had kept all these things in her heart.

Today, we celebrate this feast of the Presentation of the Lord. Today marks the 40th day after the birth of Jesus. In Jewish custom, the woman, 40 days after giving birth, would undergo a purification ritual so that she could be ritually clean again. Also, in accordance to Mosaic Law, they should present the first-born male for consecration to the Lord. Then they could “buy back” the infant through some animal offerings which in this case a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons. Yet this presentation wa quite unusual, for a devout man called Simeon came to approach the family. The Holy Spirit revealed to Simeon that he would not see death until he has seen the Christ. That’s why this moment is so special to him. Yet, the blessing of Simeon was a bittersweet moment for the family especially to Mary. While, Mary was pleased that Simeon and later on Anna, a prophetess, blessed them and praised God because of the child Jesus who will be the deliverance of Jerusalem, yet the prospect of Jesus being a sign to be contradicted and that a sword will pierce Mary’s heart must have been a little bit too much for the young mother. Joseph must also have been affected by that prophecy. Yet, in everything the young couple must have just trusted God that his will be done.

The Presentation of the Lord has brought us so many lessons that we could learn. Firstly, Mary and Joseph, even though they knew that their child Jesus was somebody special and he was considered as the “Son of the Most High”, they still obeyed the requirements of the Mosaic Law. They knew that even if their child was something special, that didn’t exempt them from doing what was right in the eyes of the Lord and in following the law. Secondly, for Simeon and Anna, the Holy Spirit must have revealed to them about the coming of this child for a long time now. We could have imagined how Simeon and Anna would go everyday to the temple always hoping that one day their eyes would see the Redeemer. Now at their advanced age, they must have been losing hope as their days were getting shorter and yet, they never lost faith and that fateful day came that their old eyes did see the new hope for the redemption of everyone. Thirdly, Mary must have been distressed upon hearing of the future fate of her son. She knew from the day the angel Gabriel visited her that this child was someone special and so far everything had been happy events like the homage of the wise men and the shepherds and now the blessing from Simeon and Anna, yet she was warned that her son would be a sign that would be contradicted and a sword will pierce her heart. Yet, Mary kept everything in her heart.

How about us? Would we also have the same composure as Mary if we heard that kind of news about our child or any other issue for that matter? Would we be like Mary who can wait and let life go on its course and let it unravel itself as part of God’s will? Or are we a kind of people who can’t wait and live in a life of worries and anxieties?

The Presentation of the Lord gives us examples of how to be patient, never losing hope and accepting God’s will. May this feast teach us these lessons and praise God for giving us Jesus as our Saviour and Redeemer.