Thursday, February 2, 2012

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord: "suddenly there will come to the temple the Lord whom you seek"

"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 presentation of Jesus in the temple shows him to be the firstborn Son who belongs to the Lord. With Simeon and Anna, all Israel awaits its encounter with the Savior-the name given to this event in the Byzantine tradition. Jesus is recognized as the long-expected Messiah, the "light to the nations" and the "glory of Israel", but also "a sign that is spoken against". The sword of sorrow predicted for Mary announces Christ's perfect and unique oblation on the cross that will impart the salvation God had "prepared in the presence of all peoples".

-- CCC 529

Art: Giotto ca. 1267 – 1337, Presentation in the Temple, Fresco — 1304-06. Cappella degli Scrovegni, Padova.

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