Tuesday, February 2, 2021
The readings for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (celebrated annually on February 2) speak of purification and offering. The first reading (Malachi 3:1-4) speaks of purification and sacrifice. The psalm (Psalm 24:7, 8, 9, 10) asks “Who is the King of Glory?” The second reading (Hebrews 2:14-18) answers that question. Our king is not powerful by the world’s standards. He offers himself to destroy the power that sin and death holds over us. In the gospel (Luke 2:22-40) Mary (who is pure) goes through the prescribed time of purification and that Jesus (who is holy) is taken to the temple to be consecrated. This was done in obedience to the law and as an example.
Some questions to consider:
- What am I willing to present to God as an offering?
- What parts of my life do I need to purify? Where am I in need of more holiness?
- Can I offer some aspect of my own life as the gifts are brought up during the offertory?