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, January 30, 2017

Reflection for Thursday February 2, 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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What do you get when you worship God as a family?  It strengthens your family; it eternally imprints in the minds of your children the importance of God in their lives as they grow-up. Many families nowadays have their own bonding moments; they go on family vacation short trips mainly to bond, nothing is wrong with that for it will strengthen the unity of the family.

But we must not forget that the best bonding moment for the family is to worship God there at church for Holy Mass as a unit, as a family.  There shall be unbelievable blessing for your family if you worship God as a family, when your children grow-up they will also carry this holy tradition.

For they will also bring their own families before God to worship Him in His temple. And this beautiful tradition of family worshipping God will go on and on until your children’s children and it will go on further to your descendants.   

But of course like Mary whose heart was pierced with anguish as she saw the heart wrenching persecution and punishment of Jesus. There would also be moments of trials for your family it will be like your heart will be pierced also with pain.

However for so long as you bring your family to the church to worship God. You have nothing to worry about for when God is with your family nobody can break it not even the severest trial. – Marino J. Dasmarinas   

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