(Feast of the Presentation of the Lord)
Scripture Reading: Luke 2:22-40
Welcome to today’s devotional. Today we celebrate the feast of the presentation of the Lord which also commemorates the purification of our Lady. The Jewish law requires every firstborn son to be dedicated to the temple in honour of the protection God granted the firstborn sons of the Israelites when the angel of death visited the land of Egypt. This firstborn son is to be redeemed with some sacrifices according to the same law. The law also required mothers to perform a ritual of purification forty days after childbirth because of the bleeding associated with childbirth (cf. Leviticus 12). Today, forty days after Christmas, the Church commemorates these two events in this feast which is also referred to as Candle Mass. The Gospel reading (Luke 2:22-40) confirms the fulfillment of this prophecy in the presentation of Jesus in the temple by Mary and Joseph in the presence of Simeon and Anna. Today, Jesus also enters the sanctuary as the light of the nations symbolized in our candle lights.
There are a number of lessons we can learn from today’s feast. The first is that Mary, after her virginal birth, had no need for ritual presentation, and Jesus being God, had no need to be dedicated to God in the temple. Yet Mary and Joseph, who were aware of this, went ahead to fulfill the requirements of the law and to introduce Jesus into the Jewish religion. This teaches us the need to fulfill the requirements of the law in our individual circumstances as Christians. Are there religious laws and obligations you are yet to fulfill? This is a time to make up your mind to fulfill those obligations which may include contracting a marriage the Catholic way, fulfilling your financial obligations in the Church, receiving the necessary sacraments, reconciling with the Church, etc. More still, the collaboration between Mary and Joseph should teach parents the need to collaborate in practicing their faith and in raising their children the Christian way. As Mary and Joseph brought Christ to the temple, parents should always bring their children to God through the examples of their actions.
MASS: WHITE Mal 3: 1-4; Ps 24: 7. 8. 9. 10; Heb 2: 14-18; Lk. 2: 22-40 PRESENTATION OF THE LORD F
- Take the “Prayer for Children/Wards” in Section A.
Exercise: Always call your children to join you in morning and evening prayers.
Meditation: Isaiah 8:18