PRESENTATION OF THE LORD
Bishop Robert Barron in his commentary to the Gospel for today’s Feast Day points out its twofold meaning. The temple is in literal sense the dwelling place of the Lord. The sins of the nation had caused the glory of the Lord to depart from the temple. Jesus' presentation in the Temple has a symbolic meaning then. The glory of God returns to the Temple in the person of the Baby Jesus. This Glory fills out not only the temple in Jerusalem. The Glory of God through the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross fills us, who are temples of God’s Glory with the new life.
This is the light that Simeon mentioned in his words when he saw Baby Jesus in the Temple. The light that is our way out of sin and darkness of this world’s evil to eternal Kingdom.
Make sure that Jesus shines for you in your church where you praise God for his faithfulness and in your heart where you should give thanks to God every day.
Listen to the beautiful rendition of Simeon’s confession “Nunc Dimittis – Let your Servant Depart” by Voces Catabiles, Barnaby Smith conducting (in Latin).
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