Homily: The Presentation of the Lord


+ Pax et Bonum!  Peace and Goodness to you this day!

Have you ever thought about the things that we all do every day?  I’m not talking about things that you do once in awhile, or once a month, or even once a week.  I’m talking every, single day.  Maybe you read the newspaper every day.  Maybe you make your bed every day.  Maybe you use your keys to lock or unlock something, every day.  Maybe you eat breakfast every day.  Maybe you exercise every day.  Maybe you watch television every day.  A lot of people do.  That lists of things that each one of us does every day is probably longer than we’d first think.   And that list of things that ALL of us do every day, is probably much shorter than we think.  Most all of us sleep some every day, but we know that on any given day there are people who aren’t sleeping for one reason or another.  Most of us eat every day, and yet, we know there are people who routinely go more than a day without eating.  Probably more likely, we all drink something every day.  To not do so would make you dehydrated.  Most all of us go to the bathroom every day.  We won’t get into that here.  And hopefully, all of us brush our teeth every day.  When I was a kid, I knew a boy in our neighborhood who hated to brush his teeth.  He always said that when he got older he was going to be monk, because he had heard that monks don’t have to brush their teeth.  I don’t even think the kid was Catholic.  Plus, let me assure you, even monks have to brush their teeth.  Monks live in pretty close proximity to one another, and the monastery will kick you out for bad breath.

Today we hear the story of Simeon and Anna.  And the Gospel tells us that both Simeon and Anna went to the Temple every day, because both of them believed that one day, they would see the Messiah there.  They went every day!  The Gospel says, in a nice way, that they were both older.  So this is something that Simeon and Anna had done for a long time.  And of course, as we just heard, they are both rewarded for their Faith and their perseverance, by the fact that they do get to see Jesus on the day that He is presented to God in the Temple.  God fulfills His promises to Simeon and Anna.  All those days, all those trips, all that time they spent at the Temple, they get to see the Messiah that will save them and us.  It must have been quite a day.  Simeon even says, “Lord, now I can go in peace, my eyes have seen the salvation.”

This Feast Day and this story has got to make all of us think, how much is God a part of our lives every single day?  We don’t all have to come to the Temple every day, like Simeon and Anna did.  And yet shouldn’t there be some acknowledgment of God every day in our lives?  God has also make promises to us, and we have made promises to Him.  How can we remember those promises if we go on day after day without even thinking about God?  This is why we’ve got to find some time for God every in our lives.  God wants us in communion with Him all the time.  What if Simeon and Anna decided NOT to go to the Temple that day when Mary and Joseph brought the child Jesus to the Temple?  They would have missed out!  Are we missing out on a lot of great things, all because we’re NOT there for God?

Sometimes we really do need to show up.  Sometimes our presence can make all the difference in the world.  Sometimes our prayer life and our relationship with God CAN’T wait, and CAN’T be put on the back burner.  Sometimes God wants us right now!  We’ve got to make God more and more a part of our daily lives.  What do we have to do to make that happen?

You know, not brushing your teeth every day, not taking a shower every day, not eating right every day, not exercising every day, not getting enough sleep every day, all of these things can get us into trouble one way or another.  So too, not letting God into your life every day can cost you.  We can miss out on so much!  Don’t let that happen.  Let God fulfill His promises to you every day!

+ May God bless us on this Feast of the Presentation, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit…       AMEN!!!

St. Maria Goretti…                              Pray for us !!!