Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
February 2, A.D. 2006
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Today the Church recognizes the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in
temple. We recall that Mary and Joseph , in the spirit of obedience to
law, presented their son in order that He be consecrated to the Lord.
is yet another example of how obedient Mary and Joseph were, how deep
We do not know the mindset of Mary and Joseph, but as 'typical
(though we know they were not), they probably thought that this would
best for their son. As it turned out they were the ones who benefited
way of the information provided by Simeon and Anna. Simeon foretold
destiny of Christ, and to Mary that she would undergo much suffering.
is one of the many good effects of being obedient, in that there may be
secondary effect form the act of obedience that we may not even be able
imagine. What if Mary and Joseph had decided to 'skip' the temple
presentation, since they already had some notion that there son was
We likewise can be thankful for the examples of Simeon and Anna. What
patience! They were obedient to the Spirit and remained praying in the
temple for years, awaiting this very day! They help us better
that we might not see the results of our efforts for a very long time,
for some people not even while they are living, but following the
of the Spirit in obedience always eventually reaps its rewards!
- Joan of Jesus, OCDS
(jmurphy at utica dot edu)
The Presentation of the Lord
Lives of the saints:
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