Traditionally this is the last day of the Epiphany season when Jesus, the first born of Joseph and Mary is ritually given in obedience to the service of Yahweh, the God of the people Israel in thanksgiving for their release from bondage in Egypt. It is a feast of Light, when the Light of God begins to move into the world of ordinary time and history, growing surely and truthfully in the power of the Spirit of God in the person of Jesus.
The family is met by Simeon the old faithful prophet silent in waiting on the time of God and he cries out in joy and hope that is present. This is “the Light [God is] revealing to the nations” and God has let him see it in his lifetime, graciously. There will be resistance, and those closes to the Light will know their own hearts torn open, exposed and sorrowful because of closeness to the burning fire of God. The ritual finished, the child grows in wisdom; God’s grace upon him. This is our way of salvation: we have seen the Light in the Word made flesh. Now we are to grow in wisdom through obedience and bring that Light into the world in our flesh and lives. (McKenna M, 2010)
Wishing all Parishioners & Friends Happy and Blessed Sunday! – Fr Francis, MSP