Presentation of the Lord

Many Christians all over the world celebrate the Presentation of the Lord today.  The Revised Common Lectionary recognizes this special event in the life of our Lord Jesus with readings from Malachi and Luke in which prophets foresee and then rejoice in God’s presence with us.  From Malachi 3:1-2:  “See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple.  The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight — indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts.”  How remarkable, then, to be present in the temple when Joseph and Mary presented the baby Jesus “to the Lord … according to the law of Moses” (Luke 2:22).  Luke tells us “there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him” (Luke 2:25).  “Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God” (Luke 2:27-28).  A prophet named Anna also was present “and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem” (Luke 2:38).  How blessed we 21st century Christians are to have the praise and thanksgiving of these holy witnesses that we can read, study and ponder in our hearts.  Celebrate God-with-us and the spiritual gift to recognize and adore Him, today and every day.

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