Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Presentation of the Lord

For those who complain that February only has lame holidays, I say: Au contraire!

While much of the nation (OK, folks here in the northeast, anyway) focused it's attention on a groundhog's shadow, today we Catholics focus instead on the Light...

It is interesting to take a close look at this entrance of the Child Jesus into the solemnity of the temple, in the great comings and goings of many people, busy with their work: priests and Levites taking turns to be on duty, the numerous devout people and pilgrims anxious to encounter the Holy God of Israel. Yet none of them noticed anything. Jesus was a child like the others, a first-born son of very simple parents. 
--Pope Benedict XVI, Homily, February 2, 2011
I guess the Light is often found shining gently, quietly right there in the shadows...we've just got to hold still long enough, eyes wide open, to see it.

Happy Candlemas, everyone!

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