This weekend, we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, also known as Candlemas Day. According to Luke’s Gospel, when Mary and Joseph presented their child Jesus in the temple, Simeon recognized him as the Messiah and declared him “a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people, Israel.” (Luke 2:32)
It is an ancient custom of the Church to bless candles on this day to be used during the coming year for worship and prayer. Families are invited to bring candles from home to Mass this weekend to be blessed for devotional use during the coming year.
As we recall Simeon recognizing Jesus as salvation and light, may we reflect upon how Jesus has enlightened our lives and also how we can welcome him as the source of light for our lives, our families, and our school and parish community for the year to come.
Gospel - Luke 2: 22-32
When the days were completed for their purification
according to the law of Moses,
Mary and Joseph took Jesus up to Jerusalem
to present him to the Lord,
just as it is written in the law of the Lord,
Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord,
and to offer the sacrifice of
a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons,
in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord.
Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon.
This man was righteous and devout,
awaiting the consolation of Israel,
and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit
that he should not see death
before he had seen the Christ of the Lord.
He came in the Spirit into the temple;
and when the parents brought in the child Jesus
to perform the custom of the law in regard to him,
he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying:
“Now, Master, you may let your servant go
in peace, according to your word,
for my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you prepared in the sight of all the peoples:
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and glory for your people Israel.”