The Feast of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple in a very important feast day in Catholic Church. It is also one that we reflect upon at least twice a week for the fourth Joyful Mystery of Holy Rosary of our Blessed Mother Mary. The Gospel reading for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord comes from Luke 2:22-24, but the backdrop of the story begins with Leviticus 12:1-4,
When we as a family honor God together and place Him over our all of our affairs, everything always works out for the best. Therefore, let us not supplant God’s desires and goals for our family with our own. For, the road to Hell and destruction is paved with our own ambitions.
As we prepare ourselves for the celebration of the ultimate Advent; that is, the coming of God into the world as a small infant, we should also take this time to reflect on our own lives and discern who God is calling us to be advent for right now.
Altogether the Immaculate Conception of Mary reminds us of God’s loving providence. It perpetually reminds us that God will continue to insert Himself and His Holiness into our little space and time so that we will have a bridge to dwell in happiness with Him forever.
The call of today’s Gospel is for us to be encouraged to cry to God everyday for those things that trouble our soul; for He is trustworthy, merciful, and always has our best intentions in mind. God will always work it out for you if you trust In Him!
Have you believed what God has spoken to you? Evidence that you have believed is demonstrated by you taking the blessing that He has given you and sharing it with others, as Mary took to Elizabeth. Evidence is demonstrated by trusting in His Word with reckless abandon. What God told you He will do for you, He will fulfill and you will be blessed, if you just simply believe – truly believe what was spoken to you by the Lord.
There many other things that can be said about Divine consolations, especially about the reasons why God decides to give them to us in the first place, but I believe that the most essential treatment that needs to be made here concerns how we ought to respond to them. I say that because Divine consolations will come to many us for whatever reason God deigns, but it is how we respond to them is what is most crucial to know.
Today’s Gospel reading at Mass comes from John 2:1-11, and it concerns the Wedding Feast at Cana in Galilee that Mary, Jesus, and His disciples attended. Like all of the Gospel of John this section is jam packed with theological implications and spiritual light.
The Feast of the Holy Family is always a great time for Catholic Dads to reflect upon their imitation of Saint Joseph, earthly Father of Christ Jesus. God placed great trust in Joseph to be the Father of His only Begotten and Beloved Son, as well as the spouse to Saint Mary, the Ark of the New Covenant. For this part, Joseph returned that trust given to him by placing it with God to help him lead his family the right way.