Feast of the Presentation of the Lord
Jesus is presented by his parents in the Temple in Jerusalem. Mary and Joseph of Nazareth have brought their son to perform this rite as an obligation of their Jewish Faith. They saw it as their duty as parents, and their privilege, to raise their son in a life of faith. This is what is so important to see here. Faith is not a matter of personal conviction alone. Faith is lived out in a communal way. The whole family, mom and dad, Godparents, and any sisters and brothers, take part in the Baptism of the child. They share in the life of faith together.
At a Catholic baptism, a candle is lit for the neophyte and for the sponsors. We light candles today at Mass also to represent the light of faith. Baptism begins the faith for all of us. We are made new. We are not our own. We are called to constantly recommit ourselves to Christ and to follow Him wherever we go. Baptism is not meant to be “one and done.” The Church enjoins the faithful to constantly renew their Baptismal promises. On this day, classically called Candlemas, let us remember our duty to carry the light of faith in our lives. Amen.
Reflection by Br. Matthew Marie, OSB