February 2, 2015

Presentation

February 2, 2015:  Presentation of the Lord

What connections with today's readings can you make
before looking at mine at the bottom?
Listen

  • Thus saith the Lord/But who may abide the day of his coming?, from Messiah/ Handel:  traditional, "soulful" (1st reading)

Pope Francis homily:  it's here [added 2-3-15]

Read
    Turtle doves (gospel)
  • Mal 3:1-4  My messenger will prepare the way.  The Lord will come to the temple, but who will endure that day?  He, like the refiner’s fire, will purify the sons of Levi, that they may offer sacrifice pleasing to God.
  • Ps 24:7-10  "Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord!"  Open up that the king of glory, strong and mighty, may enter!
  • Heb 2:14-18  Jesus shared in our flesh to free those subject to slavery.  He had to become like us to expiate sin.  Because he was tested through suffering, he can help those being tested.
    Two young pigeons (gospel)
  • Lk 2:22-40  Mary and Joseph presented Jesus to God.  Simeon prayed to their amazement:  “Master, you may let me go in peace; I've seen your salvation, a light to Gentiles and glory for Israel.” To Mary: “This child will be a sign to be contradicted, and a sword will pierce you.”  Prophetess Anna thanked God and spoke about the child.  Jesus grew and became strong and wise, and God's favor was on him.  They returned to Nazareth.
Reflect
    • Creighton:  Imagine taking your child to church and having a someone hold your son and say he'd seen salvation!
    • One Bread One Body:  "Die and shine":  Jesus is the Light to the nations, but people loved darkness.  If we accept Jesus as our Light, we'll become lights, giving forth light by being consumed, like candles.  But we're hesitant to lose our life to give our light.
      Presentation of Christ
      in the Temple (Holbein)
    • Passionist:  As we read today about elderly Simeon and Anna who longed for the fulfillment of their hopes, look at the elderly around us who, living through sorrows, continue with hope and faith.  May we always welcome and treasure their witness.
    • DailyScripture.net:  The Holy Spirit reveals to the Savior's presence, as he did to Simeon, and renews our hope in God's promise.  Jesus, "the new temple," make your home in me.  Mary receives a crown of joy and a cross of sorrow.  What's holding me back from unqualified trust and submission to God today?
    Outfit legend
    • Clock tie bar:  who shall endure the day of his coming? (1st reading)
    • 'Christmas lights' tie:  Christ is a light to the nations (gospel); Christmas season used to extend through today
    • White shirt and (yes but not shown) socks:  color of Presentation (feast of the Lord)
    • Gold- and silver-colored accessories:  The Lord will refine Levi like gold or silver (1st reading)
    • 'Angel' pin:  Jesus helped Abraham's descendents, not angels (2nd reading)
    • 'Kentucky/Unbridled spirit sign' pin:  The Spirit was upon Simeon (gospel); Jesus will be 'sign' to be contradicted (gospel)
    • 'Eyeball' tie pin:  "My eyes have seen your salvation" (gospel)
    • 'Sword' tie pin:  Simeon:  "Mary, a sword will pierce you..." (gospel)
    • 'Girl with heart' pin:  "...so the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed" (gospel)
    • 'Owl' tie pin: Jesus grew in wisdom (gospel)