The Presentation of the Lord
Forty days ago we celebrated the birth of Jesus, Savior of the World. Today we recall the day he was presented in the temple, when Simeon took Jesus in his arms and declared Him to be “a light for the revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of the people of Israel.” Like all prophets, Simeon saw beyond the surface. Even as he spoke over 2000 years ago, Roman forces occupied the land and evil abounded. What he saw cradled in his arms was the presence of God. As he gave thanks, he was not so naïve as to imagine the Child would banish all suffering; rather, he knew that by embracing the suffering of the world, this Child would show us that love is always a possibility.
Most of us were presented in a Church at the time of our baptism, and during that ritual our parents and godparents were given a lit candle on our behalf, for we were now children of the light. I try to walk as a child of the light, a child of God. I don’t do this perfectly and at times I fall I my knees in disgrace for being such a poor witness of light, love and life. I recall what Mother Teresa once said, “Words that do not give the light of Christ increase the darkness.” So let us ask the Lord to be our light and to enable us to shine His light, love and presence where there is hurt and darkness. Blessings.