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THE 5th DAY IN THE OCTAVE OF CHRISTMAS – SATURDAY Download This Homily

December 29, 2018

THE 5th DAY IN THE OCTAVE OF CHRISTMAS – SATURDAY

 

1 John 2:3-11

Psalm 96:1-6

Gospel LK 2:22-35


When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of  Moses, the parents of Jesus took him 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:

“Lord, now let your servant go in peace; your word has been fulfilled: my own eyes have seen the salvation which you prepared in the sight of every people, a light to reveal you to the nations and the glory of your people Israel.”

The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “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.”


 Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple

 

Mother Mary went to Jerusalem Temple in humble obedience of the Law to submit to the ritual of purification on the 40the day after the birth of Jesus and to present him in the Temple by the offerings required by the poor – two turtle doves or young pigeons.


The presentation was followed by the prophetic utterance of Simeon who took infant Jesus in his arms and said, “This is the light which shall give revelation to the Gentiles, and he is the glory of the people of Israel. And a sword shall pierce your heart” (Lk. 2: 32-38)


When we carry the lighted candles in this year of Faith, we proclaim our commitment to bring Jesus, the Light of the World to the unbelievers by our insuring life witness


Mary could feel the pain of others


Only those who have extraordinary inner light can recognize the wounds of others. Simeon could see the wound in Mary’s heart. He said, “A sword shall pierce you heart”. Mary could feel the anxiety and pain of Elizabeth as well as the embarrassment and humiliation of a family at Cana which was unable to serve wine to its guests. She found alternative. She could remove the pain of the wounds of others. It is with this sensitivity that she accompanied Jesus in the path of Cross. To gather extraordinary inner light, one has to enter in the Temple of God and stay in God’s presence in prayer. Only then can one see the wounds of others and console them saying, “Do not weep”.


Jesus, a sign of contradiction (Lk. 2: 31-35)


God’s salvation is meant to all – Jews and Gentiles, Christians and people of other faith. God’s gift of himself in Jesus Christ should reach out to all people as gift.  Jesus born in Bethlehem is the good news of great joy. But the same child is presented by Luke also as a sign of contradiction. Jesus should be seen in the light of his mission and destiny. To accept child Jesus would also imply the acceptance of the sword which will pierce the soul.


His Mission also involves the Cross


We will fall if we are controlled by our selfishness. We will rise if we join our hands with him in his mission of self-giving. This will involve accepting suffering and cross and accepting pain of self-transcendence as demanded by the word of God. “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than two-edged sword, piercing the soul of the joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart (Hebrews 4: 12)


Fr. Shepherd Thelapilly CMI


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