Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
Februrary 2 A.D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 24:7, 8, 9, 10
Luke 2:22-40 or 2:22-32
A reflection on today's Scripture:
For my eyes have seen your salvation. . . . (Luke 2:30)
How fortunate those few who were able to look upon the face of God Himself. Imagine gazing into the face of a baby, just a little more than a month old, and seeing there the face of the God who saves us. Or imagine Jesus as a child, or as a man, being able to be near to touch, to adore.
And then remember that Jesus told us that "Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." (John 20:29) We then are among the blessed because we have not been able to witness the presentation, the transfiguration, or any of the events of the life of Jesus. And yet, in a way we do see them--we see them more clearly with the eyes of faith and the eyes of the Church.
This is a special day of celebration because it is the second time that Jesus has been made known. First the Wise Kings came looking for him, but that was a small group, a group of outsiders. Today we celebrate the moment when He was made known to His own people. This is the day in which the fulfillment of prophecy became known to the chosen people.
So while we cannot look upon Jesus as Simeon did, we can look with eyes wiser for time and for the education given through the wisdom of the Church and see our Salvation as a babe presented according to God's own law in the temple.
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Monday, February 2, 2009
Feast of the Presentation of the Lord
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