If you’re a fan of the writer John Grisham or the show “Law and Order” or anything in that genre, you’ll identify today’s Gospel as a trial scene. Jesus is the defendant, charged with violation of the sabbath and blasphemy. Jesus’ defense is that He is the obedient Son of God who is only doing what the Father wishes.
The blood of hundreds of saints has been painted in royal red to commemorate their martyrdom. Other saints painted in shining gold were brilliant miracle workers, eloquent preachers, or attractive missionaries. Hundreds of saints are pictured with pen, scroll, ruler, or book because they were great teachers, scientists, or founded schools, monasteries, or hospitals. Many saints were authors of great books that are still read by thousands today.
Brief and contemporary inspiration focused on hope and family prayer will be delivered to your inbox! Articles include live video, written word, and links to resources that will lead you and your family deeper into faith.
One of our grandsons recently celebrated his tenth birthday. On the eve of his big day, I pointed out that he was adding a digit to his age and would do so again when he turned one hundred. It was an interesting thought! I also mentioned that my tenth birthday was in 1960. After a few moments, he observed that I was born in 1950. We pay attention to the number of our age. When we turn multiples of five or ten, we attribute greater significance. Of course, every year is significant.
If you have grown up Catholic, or even if you came into the faith as an adult, you have probably been asked or thought about: “What are you giving up for Lent?”
Today we celebrate Ash Wednesday, the day we start 40 days of reorienting our lives to focus on God as the center. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us that in this season of Lent we are invited to purify our hearts, seek the love of God, re-learn that true happiness is not found in riches, in human fame, in power, or in human achievement; rather true happiness is found in God alone (CCC 1723). Through the ancient practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, we will avail ourselves to God, and demonstrate to Him our desire for repentance and renewal, so as to make Him the center of our lives.
Today's Feast of the Presentation, also known as Candlemas, has multifaceted perspectives. Do we discuss the mother's purification after birth, the thanksgiving and offering for the gift of a new child, or the child's dedication to God? Or the revelations of Simeon and Anna? Or Candlemas and Jesus as the light to the nations?