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Our gift is to give light to the world

Thứ ba - 02/02/2016 22:55
OUR GIFT IS TO GIVE LIGHT TO THE WORLD
"Christ Himself says, 'I AM the Light of the World.' And we are the light, we ourselves, if we receive it from Him... But how do we receive it, how do we make it shine?...  (Pope Paul the VI)
Deacon John Ruscheinsky
 
Pope Paul the VI wrote the following. "Christ Himself says, 'I AM the Light of the World.' And we are the light, we ourselves, if we receive it from Him... But how do we receive it, how do we make it shine?... [T]he candle tells us: by burning, and being consumed in the burning. A spark of fire, a ray of love, an inevitable immolation are celebrated over that pure, straight candle, as, pouring forth its gift of light, it exhausts itself in silent sacrifice."  How beautiful!
 
As we celebrate this Feast of the Presentation we cannot help but see that like most loving parents, Mary and Joseph wanted the best for their Son. Mary and Joseph took Jesus to the Temple to be consecrated and presented to God His Father.  There they met Simeon and Anna, elders of the community, who immediately recognized Jesus as the Messiah, the fulfillment of God's promise to Israel, a light to the whole world.
 
Points to Pray and Ponder: today think about what can we do this day to call forth the gifts of a child we may know and encourage them to use their gifts to give light to the world that so needs it?  Simeon proclaimed: "For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in the sight of all the peoples."
 
 
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Từ khóa: Lc 2:22-40, reflection, le_nen

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