February 2, 2020 – Feast of the Presentation of the Lord and Day of Consecrated Life

“Consecrating ourselves to the Lord, and remaining like a lotus – preserving and nurturing our holiness!”

One of the flowers which inherits and exhibits a lot of meaning and symbolism is the Lotus.

>> This flower has been one of the most ancient and deepest symbols.

The Lotus flower has a number of unique properties….

… It grows in muddy water and rises above the surface to bloom with remarkable beauty.

… At night, the flower closes and sinks underwater; while at dawn, it rises and opens again.

… It has a quality of self-cleaning and always remains free from dirty particles

… Its leaves are such that they remain always dry

Untouched by the impurity, the Lotus symbolizes purity of heart and mind.

>> The Lotus becomes a beautiful metaphor for a person Consecrated to the Lord.

Today is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord…

>> On this day, we also celebrate the Consecrated Way of Life.

Consecration is giving oneself to the Lord wholly.

>> It 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!

At Baptism, all of us are also consecrated to the Lord

>> Some of us, have also made a deeper consecration by the Profession of Religious 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 us, with His Divine nature

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

…. yet the Lord wants us,  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

… is a binding and necessity in belonging to the Lord wholly and totally

This is a day of the Consecrated Life…

… a day to renew our commitment and zeal for the Lord

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

… a day to restore our initial enthusiasm and interest for the Lord

… a day to revitalize our knowledge and comprehension of the Lord

Each of us…whether single or in family life…whether a Priest or a Religious…

… belongs to the Lord and to Him alone!

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

The Lotus represents beautifully this our consecration and offering to the Lord…

1. We may grow in the muddy waters of evil, scandals, violence, corruption etc…

>> Yet, can we rise above all this, and bloom in beauty, with God’s strength?

2. In the night of our life, we may sink and feel dejected, broken, sad, depressed, worried etc…

>> Yet, can we open up again, and blossom in loveliness, with God’s graces?

3. In our worldly interactions, we may get spoilt with dirty particles of sin, evil, bad habits etc…

>> Yet, can we free ourselves from all these, by the redeeming power of God’s love?

4. In our material affairs, we may get wet and drenched with desires for pleasures and luxury…

>> Yet, can we remain dry and unsullied, by the tremendous saving force of God’s holiness?

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

Let us renew our Love for the Lord…

… and dedicate ourselves – wholly – to the Sacred Heart of Jesus as we pray: “O Lord, I belong to You, and to You alone! I love you, Lord, above all things and all people!”

In His Sacred Heart…

… we find strength for our Consecration

… we find joy for our Consecration

Yes, we belong to the Lord…

>> Let us live this Consecration!

>> Let us give witness to this Consecration!

Happy Feast of the Presentation of our Blessed Lord to all of us, His Consecrated People.

God Bless! Live Jesus!

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Quotable-quote-a-day-with-St Francis de Sales (SFS) – “One single day of devotion is worth more than a thousand years of worldly life!”

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