A Light for Your People
In the Gospel today Simeon took Jesus in his arms and said: “my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel.”
As we come to this Feast of the Holy Family these words remind me that our call as members of God’s holy family (the Church) is to be a light for revelation to others. We can be a light revealing God’s presence when we act with kindness, oppose what is wrong, reach out to the marginal and live our faith. In the Second Reading we are reminded that Abraham’s greatness came from his great faith. When put to the test Abraham remained true to God. When our lives have challenges do we abandon God, Church and our faith or do we cling even more tightly to them? A light shines best in darkness and the stars of night can be seen best when there is no moon or city lights competing to be seen. Let us shine through our darkness and trials. Let us shine faithfully upon a society that seems to be falling away from faith. Let us take Jesus in our arms and into our lives and with Simeon say: “my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel.”
I would like to personally thank you for your generosity in this holy season – whether gifts, food or cards – your kindness and prayers are appreciated. Thank you to all who helped to decorate our outdoor Church, everyone who donated food and toys to distribute to the needy. And thank you to all who minister in our Church throughout the year. As 2020 comes to an end, I am grateful to be journeying here with all of you at St. Rita Parish.
Peace to you all, who are part of God’s Holy Family and have a happy and prosperous New Year.