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Presentation of the Lord

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1st Reading: Malachi 3:1-4
Resp. Psalm Psalm 24:7, 8, 9, 10
2nd Reading: Hebrews 2:14-18
Gospel: Luke 2:22-40

Jesus was presented in the Temple in accord with the law of God. Everything was done according to the law because Jesus came to fulfill the law. He asks us to be obedient to His laws because He is obedient to His Father. He shows us the way to be good.

Sometimes we can get tired trying to be good. Sometimes it seems too hard for us. When this happens hopefully we will remember to do a few things: meditate even for a moment on the passion Our Lord. Acknowledge that God will never ask us to endure anything that we cannot handle. Also, it is Christ who suffers in us and for us. He just asks us to share it with Him. Also making an Act of Faith or an Act of Hope will help.

While Simeon and Anna were able to see Jesus they did not actually see His mission fulfilled on the Cross and the establishment of His Church. The same may be true for us who have prayed a long time for our loved ones to convert or to see the dethronement of certain sins in the world. As long as we pray as we can, may the Lord console us as He did Simeon and Anna. Maybe we won't see the answers to our prayers but once said, God will fulfill them in His time.

Written by Fr. Jim Curiel, OCD
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