Dear sisters and brothers,
This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of Title for the Church of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Feast of Title is the equivalent to a Patronal Festival for a church which is dedicated to an event or object instead of a saint).
It is the day when we celebrate Jesus being presented in the Temple in Jerusalem by Blessed Mary and Joseph, and Anna and Simeon seeing the promises of God fulfilled. We too present ourselves to God on this day, with all our hopes and fears for the future. We place them in the hands of our Heavenly Father, who will support and guide as we journey through the year ahead.
It is a day when we can stand before God and give ourselves, and allow God to inspire us in all we do and plan, for we are all called to join in the divine mystery of faith, in the God who gave of himself at the Presentation, who calls us now to follow him on the Way of the Cross.
For on the Feast of the Presentation we also begin to turn our gaze, from the crib to the cross. We turn from the Incarnation to the Passion. We prepare ourselves to begin our journey through Lent, through death, and then to eternal life.
Take the next few weeks before Lent to consider how you wish to observe our journey towards Holy Week. Consider if you wish to take up a new devotion or deadline, or if you wish to forgo something in your life. Consider how you can focus upon your relation with God, and then look towards the Cross, and onwards to the Empty Tomb.
With all blessings,