What good is it to us if Simeon receives into his arms the child Jesus and we do not? What good is it to us if Simeon’s eyes see salvation and our eyes do not? What good is it to us if Simeon is free to go in peace if we are not? Continue reading Showing Up – A Sermon on Luke 2:22-40 for the Feast of the Presentation
I recently heard a man say, “I feel as if I have dropped into my own life and it fits.” It made me smile. It was such a great description. I think we all want to be able to say that. He went on, however, to say that it wasn’t about his family, his work, or even anything he could specifically name. It was more … Continue reading A Life that Fits – A Sermon on Luke 2:22-40 for the Feast of the Presentation
The collect and readings for the Feast of the Presentation may be found here. The story of Jesus’ presentation in the temple is found in Luke 2:22-40. —– They met in the temple, Mary and Joseph, Anna, Simeon, Jesus. How did they get there? What brought them to that place of meeting? What brings us to the temple, the place where God resides? Mary and … Continue reading Longing – A Reflection on the Feast of the Presentation, Luke 2:22-40
The Feast of the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple was February 2. It is a fixed date feast always falling forty days after Christmas. The collect and readings for the feast may be found here. The appointed gospel is Luke 2:22-40: 22When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him … Continue reading A Sermon for The Feast of the Presentation (Candlemas)
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, saying, “Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence … Continue reading Who is Presenting Whom?
The Feast of the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple is celebrated on a fixed date, February 2, about forty days after Christmas. It is one of the major feasts in the church year. The Eastern Church calls it the Meeting while in the West it is sometimes known as Candlemas or the Feast of the Purification. The celebration of this feast began in … Continue reading The Feast of the Presentation