I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Reflection for February 2, Monday the Presentation of the Lord; Luke 2:22-40

Gospel: Luke 2:22-40
When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, Mary and Joseph took Jesus up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, just as it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord, and to offer the sacrifice of a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons, in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord.

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, awaiting the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Christ of the Lord. He came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus
to perform the custom of the law in regard to him, he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying: “Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, 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.”

The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted —and you yourself a sword will pierce— so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple, but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer. And coming forward at that very time, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem.

When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions of the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.
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What can we offer the Lord? Are we willing to offer our time in the service of the Lord? The Lord is not asking us to give all of our time to Him I think even a little of our time will already suffice for the Lord. But have we dared yet to give our time to the Lord? Mary and Joseph in compliance with their Jewish faith brought Jesus to Jerusalem to offer Him to the Lord.

Many of us are afraid to give our time for the Lord for there’s no money in the service for the Lord. Yes indeed there’s no money in the vineyard of the Lord but life is not all about earning money. There’s more to life in fact than simply earning money and there’s more to life than having all the power and material wealth in this world.

Have we thought of doing something for the Lord, have we thought of doing something that would give satisfaction to our inner being no other than our souls?

Material things are important for we also need it for our existence but it’s not the be all and end all of life. The be all and end all of life is God. For our earthly possessions no matter how enormous will pass us by. But God will not pass us by He will be with us here in this world. And He will still be with us until after our temporal journey in this world is over and done with already.   

What can we offer our Lord? – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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