It is 2nd February 2020. We celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord which is dedicated to all those in Consecrated Life known as Candlemas. Religious or the consecrated persons are called to live a life of joy by being holy and honest to God and caring for the humanity. It is a life of constant and consistent longing to encounter God in daily life through prayer and contemplation by following the evangelical counsel namely Poverty, Obedience and Chastity. In addition to that, the Church expects parents to be consecrated on this day. It is the parental primary responsibility to lead the children to God and inspire them by their holy, humble and honest life. A constant renewal is needed to live a holy life whether one is married or consecrated. Jesus is the light of our life and of the world. (Jn.8:12). The presentation of Jesus in the temple teaches us redemption of the first born and the purification of Blessed Mother Mary. All the first-born child belongs to God and it can be redeemed by an offering as it is described in the Book of Exodus 13:1-2. The readings are from Malachi 3:1-4, the second reading is from Hebrews 2:14-18 and the Gospel from Luke 2:22-40. We are all seeking and searching for the Light and the Lord in our life. The Catechism teaches us in No. 529 “The presentation of Jesus in the temple shows him to be the firstborn Son who belongs to the Lord. With Simeon and Anna, all Israel awaits its encounter with the Saviour-the name given to this event in the Byzantine tradition. Jesus is recognized as the long-expected Messiah, the “light to the nations” and the “glory of Israel”, but also “a sign that is spoken against”. The sword of sorrow predicted for Mary announces Christ’s perfect and unique oblation on the cross that will impart the salvation God had “prepared in the presence of all peoples”. The first reading from the prophet Malachi tells us that God will send his messenger suddenly and He will appear before us. The responsorial Psalm praises, “Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord.” (Ps.24:10). The second reading from Hebrews explains how It is through His sacrifice and suffering, Jesus became one of us to represent us before God. The Gospel tells us of the prophesy and blessing of Simeon the Prophet. Today these three persons namely Jesus, Mary and Joseph are given to us an example for all Christian families to look towards this earthly trinity as an example, inspiration and encouragement. Their piety, prayers and presentation are the ones needed for every family. “He was filled with wisdom; and God’s favour was with him”. (Lk.2:32). Children grow integrally only in an environment of love, peace and prayer in our families. “It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.” (Gal. 2:20). May the Lord continue to bless the consecrated persons and our families as we celebrate the presentation of the Lord. May you all have a good day. God bless you.

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