Thursday, February 2, 2012

Jesus is the Light of the World

Simeon with the Christ Child, Fra Angelica 1442
Today is the feast of the presentation in the temple, contemplated in the fourth joyful mystery.

In the gospel from today's mass we read Simeon's words:

"for my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you prepared in the sight of all the peoples:
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and glory for your people Israel."
Luke 2:30-32

I love today's feast and I love contemplating Jesus the Light of the World. During these long days of winter, when darkness comes at about 5:30 in the evening, it is good to think about the Light that will overcome the darkness.

Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”John 8:12

Often we can feel like the darkness of the world and today's culture can completely swallow up the light. 

Later in his gospel, St Luke reminds us of Jesus' words, “There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known.
3Therefore whatever you have said in the darkness will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed on the housetops."   Luke 12:2-3

If you have ever been out at night or in a totally dark room, it is amazing how just one flashlight or candle can pierce the darkness. Likewise, if a fire is started with just 2 or 3 logs in can grow into a blaze.

So too with our prayers and presence. With just 2 or 3 of us together, we can bring light. 
1“No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel or sets it under a bed; rather, he places it on a lamp stand so that those who enter may see the light.
Kate and Mary with the candles
17For there is nothing hidden that will not become visible, and nothing secret that will not be known and come to light.18 Luke 8:16-17

So today, light as many candles as you can, celebrate the feast of Candlemas and be like Jesus who said  "I am the light of the world.”John 9:5 

And enjoy this clip of a Marie Bellet song "Light in the Darkness" by clicking here.

See a fun family idea for today at my post from Feb 2 2011.

1 comment:

  1. What a beautiful post! Thanks for sharing this!

    Hi! Stopping by from MBC. Great blog!
    Have a nice day!