This Sunday, February 2, is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, when we
remember the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple by His mother, Mary, and His foster father, Joseph (Luke 2:22-40). In the Presentation, God the Son is being presented by His parents to God the Father in the mystery of God the Holy Spirit – and it’s done
in the Temple, which is a privileged place of encounter with God. Jesus Christ’s visits
to the Temple later in life re-presented His Presentation by intensifying this infant
encounter with His Father in the Holy Spirit, in the Mystery of the Most Holy Trinity.
In the Presentation, Mary and Joseph are also presenting Jesus to us and inviting us
to encounter Him in a life-changing way. This life-changing encounter was certainly
the case for Simeon and Anna, who encountered Jesus Christ in the Temple that day.
In light of this Feast, we might ask: How do I present Jesus to others? And how do I
see His Presence in others? Saint Teresa of Calcutta was someone who certainly presented Jesus to others in her words and deeds, and she saw Him in the people she served and to whom she ministered. Saint Teresa of Calcutta (August 26, 1910 to September 5, 1997) is the founder of the Missionaries of Charity. She gets the last words this week:
The fruit of silence is prayer. The fruit of prayer is faith. The fruit of faith is love.
The fruit of love is service. The fruit of service is peace.
People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered… Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish or ulterior motives… Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies… Succeed
anyway. If you are serene and happy, people might become jealous of you… Be happy anyway. The good deeds you do today, people will often forget tomorrow… Do good deeds anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough… Give the world the best you’ve got anyway. You see, in the final analysis, it is between God and you; it was never between you and them anyway.
With peace and prayers in Christ,