LISTEN: Reflection for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord – Year A

This weekend on Sunday, 2 February 2020, the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. It is a feast 40 days after Christmas that celebrates the presentation of Jesus at the Temple in accordance with the Jewish observance of the law and where the welcome and warning of Simeon is heard. We are reminded that Christ, our Light, has come into the world, and we are called to consider how we allow Christ to encounter us. This feast, where Jesus is presented to God and the people, shows us also who surrounds Jesus. From the beginning he is surrounded by his family in Mary and Jospeh, and faithful prophets, like Simeon and Anna. We might ask ourselves as we try to encounter God, who do we surround ourselves with? Am I able to recognise God in my midst, just as Simeon was able to exclaim ‘my eyes have seen’…

Join Fr Matthew Charlesworth SJ as he reflects on the readings for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord — Year A

Read the texts.
Malachi 3:1-4; Psalm 23(24):7-10; Hebrews 2:14-18; Luke 2:22-40

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Fr Matthew Charlesworth SJ

Fr Matthew Charlesworth SJ entered the Society of Jesus in 2005 and underwent the usual course of studies in his formation, which took him to such varied places as Canada, France, Ireland, Kenya, Spain, Tanzania, the United Kingdom, the United States, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. Whilst working at the Institute, Matthew managed the background technical aspects of much of the Institute's work and was involved in the Spirituality work, completing the Advanced Spiritual Directors Training Course and the Spiritual Exercises Training run by the Institute. He is a member of Spiritual Directors International and was also a part-time lecturer in Sacred Scripture at St Augustine College of South Africa. He is currently the Director of Communications for the Jesuits in Southern Africa, based in Lusaka, Zambia. @mcharlesworth
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