Feb 2 (Feast of the Presentation of the Lord and the Day of Consecrated Life)

A politician, campaigning for an election, was giving a speech…

“Ladies and Gentlemen… give heed to what I say

I am a Catholic

>> As far as possible, I go for Holy Mass every day.

(Holding a rosary in the hand, he said…)

This is a rosary.

>> As far as possible, I kneel down and tell these beads every day.

If you reject me on account of my religion, I shall thank God that He has spared me the indignity of being your representative!”

The politician was convinced of his “belongingness” to the Lord…

… and was fearless and courageous in giving “external expression to his Faith!”

Today on this Feast of the Presentation of the Lord…

>> As Christians, we are reminded to grow in our “conviction of belonging to the Lord”…

… and to be fearless and courageous in witnessing to our Faith.

Today is also a day when we celebrate the ‘Consecrated Way of Life.’

Consecration is giving oneself to the Lord wholly.

>> Consecration is seeking to be pure, completely, in heart and mind.

The Gospel of the Day presents St Joseph and Mother Mary presenting Jesus in the Temple.

>> “When the days were completed for their purification, according to the Law of Moses, they took Him up to Jerusalem, to present Him to the Lord” (Lk 2:22)

We are on the 40th Day after Christmas, the Nativity of Jesus.

The Book of Exodus spoke of the need of this presentation and consecration of the first-born child…

“Consecrate to me every first-born that opens the womb…

If your son ask you later on, ‘What does this mean’, you shall tell him, ‘ With a strong hand, the Lord brought us out of Egypt, the land of slavery….’ ” ( Ex 12: 2, 14)

The act of presentation in the Temple…

… represented fulfilling of God’s command..

… recalled God’s deed of deliverance from slavery…

… reminded the deep love of God for His people…

The presentation of the Lord in the Temple, is also another reminder of the “ordinariness” of the Lord, in His incarnation…

>> Jesus was known as the child of “ordinary” human parents!

>> Jesus took birth and grew up in “ordinary” conditions and circumstances!

>> Jesus lived His life in an “ordinary” family situation!

By Baptism, all of us are also consecrated to the Lord…

>> Some of us, have also made a deeper consecration by the profession of vows…

The meaning of this consecration, also, derives from the consecration of the Lord…

>> We are “ordinary” by our sinful nature…

… yet the Lord exalts us to live a pure and holy life.

>> We are “ordinary” by our human nature…

… yet the Lord wishes to join with His Divine nature

>> We are “ordinary” in our deeds and works…

… yet the Lord wants to be His Kingdom partners

Our consecration…

… is a deep call and invitation to live a Holy Life

… is a loving obligation and sacred duty to be fully committed to Him

Each of us – whether single or in family life, whether a priest or a religious –

… ought to BELONG TO THE LORD AND TO HIM ALONE!

>> We are all consecrated and offered to the Lord.

Let us hold the hands of St Joseph and Mamma Mary, and renew our consecration to the Lord.

This is a day…

… to renew our commitment and zeal for the Lord

… to rekindle the fire of our love and faith in the Lord

… to restore our initial enthusiasm and interest for the Lord

… to revitalize our knowledge and comprehension of the Lord

Life will constantly take us to situations where we are called to give “public witness” to our Faith…

Let us grow in our conviction of our “belongingness” to the Lord…

… and be fearless and courageous in giving “external expression to our Faith!”

Happy Feast to all us, who are consecrated to the Lord, by our Baptism…

… specially to the Consecrated, by virtue of the evangelical vows!

God Bless! Live Jesus!

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Quotable-quote-a-day-with-St Francis de Sales (SFS) – “ Devotion must be exercised in different ways by the gentleman, the worker, the prince, the widow, the young girl and the married woman.

>> The practice of devotion must also be adapted to the strengths, activities and duties of each particular person!”

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