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).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Reflection for February 2, Tuesday, Feast of 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 Band 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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An absentee parent was wondering how come her children have no proper values and no love for God. Many parents are perhaps in the same boat, they are puzzled how their children grew up in such manner.

But parents should not look far to discover the cause of their children’s negative behavior. They simply have to go in-front of the mirror and they surely would discover the person behind  their children’s negative behavior.

 Parents are the basic formators of their children as such they are the foremost teachers of their children.  If they reared their children with love for God they would mature as lovers of God. If they reared them with discipline and right manners they would grow-up as such as well.

The Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph ensured that the young Jesus would grow-up to become someone who would love God dearly. This was the reason why they always took time to present Jesus to the Lord. Joseph and Mary knew the important role of love for God in a child’s life. Both of them knew how to properly mold their only child Jesus so that He would grow as a man who love God.

Even if you are very busy, never forget to find time to bring your children to the Lord. Never neglect to introduce Jesus to them and to teach them about your faith for it will surely bear fruit.

Do you always bring your children to Holy Mass? Have you introduced Jesus and the bible to them already? – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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