Candlemas

Yesterday was the Feast of Presentation of Our Lord Jesus which is celebrated 40 days after his birth:

And when the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.”

Luke 2:22-24

The Purification was for the mother, 40 days after she had given birth.  The firstborn son would also be dedicated or presented to God on this occasion.

When Jesus was brought in to the temple, it could be said of him in the words of the psalmist:

Lift up your heads, O gates!
and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
that the King of glory may come in.
Who is the King of glory?
The LORD, strong and mighty,
the LORD, mighty in battle!
Lift up your heads, O gates!
and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The LORD of hosts,
he is the King of glory!

and when the infant King of glory entered the temple, a righteous and devout man by the name of Simeon recognized him:

…it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.
And inspired by the Spirit he came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law, he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,

“Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace,
according to thy word;
for mine eyes have seen thy salvation
which thou hast prepared in the presence of all peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and for glory to thy people Israel.”

The Promised Light has shone into the world… The Presentation of the Lord is also known as Candlemas because of the custom of blessing and procession of candles on this day!

Through the Holy Spirit, the King of glory wants to enter hearts and make them temples presentable to God! Lift high the gates and let the Light in! The Light is revealed by those who, once illuminated, radiate the Light for the whole world to see.

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