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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord

 The Gospel is from Luke 2: 22-40 and tells us the story of how Mary and Joseph took Jesus up to the temple when the days of their purifictation had been completed according to the law of Moses. There was a man named Simeon who was waiting to see what the Holy Spirit had revealed to him. He came into the temple and he took Jesus 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." Mary and Joseph were amazed; Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, :Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted--and you yourself a sword will pierce-- so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed."

Then, there was also Anna, a prophetess who was advanced in years and she came forward and gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem.

Mary and Joseph had much to ponder as they made their way back to their own town of Nazareth. Luke tells us that "the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him."

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