HOMILY OF POPE FRANCIS: FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF THE LORD ON THE OCCASION OF THE 18th DAY OF CONSECRATED LIFE

 FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF THE LORD ON THE OCCASION OF THE 18th DAY OF CONSECRATED LIFE

HOMILY OF POPE FRANCIS

Vatican Basilica
Sunday, 2 February 2014

The Feast of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple is also known as the Feast of the Encounter: the Liturgy says at the beginning that Jesus goes to meet his people. Thus, this is the encounter between Jesus and his people, when Mary and Joseph brought their child to the Temple in Jerusalem; the first encounter between Jesus and his people, represented by Simeon and Anna, took place.

It was also the first encounter within the history of the people, a meeting between the young and the old: the young were Mary and Joseph with their infant son and the old were Simeon and Anna, two people who often went to the Temple.

Let’s observe what the evangelist Luke tells us of them, as he describes them. He says four times that Our Lady and St Joseph wanted to do what was required by the Law of the Lord (cf. Lk 2:22, 23, 24, 27). One almost feels and perceives that Jesus’ parents have the joy of observing the precepts of God, yes, the joy of walking according to the Law of the Lord! They are two newlyweds, they have just had their baby, and they are motivated by the desire to do what is prescribed. This is not an external fact; it is not just to feel right, no! It’s a strong desire, a deep desire, full of joy. That’s what the Psalm says: “In the way of thy testimonies I delight…. For thy law is my delight” (119 [118]:14, 77).

And what does St Luke say of the elderly? He underlines, more than once, that they were guided by the Holy Spirit. He says Simeon was a righteous and devout man, awaiting the consolation of Israel, and that “the Holy Spirit was upon him” (2:25). He says that “it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit” that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ” (v. 26); and finally that he went to the Temple “inspired by the Spirit “(v. 27). He says Anna was a “prophetess” (v. 36); that is she was inspired by God and that she was always “worshipping with fasting and prayer” in the Temple (v. 37). In short, these two elders are full of life! They are full of life because they are enlivened by the Holy Spirit, obedient to his action, sensitive to his calls....

And now there is the encounter between the Holy Family and the two representatives of the holy people of God. Jesus is at the centre. It is he who moves everything, who draws all of them to the Temple, the house of his Father.

It is a meeting between the young, who are full of joy in observing the Law of the Lord, and the elderly who are full of joy in the action of the Holy Spirit. It is a unique encounter between observance and prophecy, where young people are the observers and the elderly are prophets! In fact, if we think carefully, observance of the Law is animated by the Spirit and the prophecy moves forward along the path traced by the Law. Who, more than Mary, is full of the Holy Spirit? Who more than she is docile to its action?

In the light of this Gospel scene, let us look at consecrated life as an encounter with Christ: it is he who comes to us, led by Mary and Joseph, and we go towards him guided by the Holy Spirit. He is at the centre. He moves everything, he draws us to the Temple, to the Church, where we can meet him, recognize him, welcome him, embrace him.

Jesus comes to us in the Church through the foundational charism of an Institute: it is nice to think of our vocation in this way! Our encounter with Christ took shape in the Church through the charism of one of her witnesses. This always amazes us and makes us give thanks.

And in the consecrated life we live the encounter between the young and the old, between observation and prophecy. Let’s not see these as two opposing realities! Let us rather allow the Holy Spirit to animate both of them, and a sign of this is joy: the joy of observing, of walking within a rule of life; the joy of being led by the Spirit, never unyielding, never closed, always open to the voice of God that speaks, that opens, that leads us and invites us to go towards the horizon.

It’s good for the elderly to communicate their wisdom to the young; and it’s good for the young people to gather this wealth of experience and wisdom, and to carry it forward, not so as to safeguard it in a museum, but to carry it forward addressing the challenges that life brings, to carry it forward for the sake of the respective religious orders and of the whole Church.

May the grace of this mystery, the mystery of the Encounter, enlighten us and comfort us on our journey. Amen.

 

 

© Copyright - Libreria Editrice Vaticana

 

Comments

  • EllaPosted on 8/18/14

    Can I use your phone? http://wehwlaw.com/estate-planning robaxin 550 mg But based on size alone, the researchers were only able to predict a baby's risk of hypothermia and needing to stay in the intensive care unit after birth, whereas considering size in combination with ethnicity predicted all of the potential problems.

  • BarberaPosted on 8/18/14

    Enter your PIN http://www.painttheparks.com/quest/ proscar 1 mg effetti collaterali Illinois Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn had used his veto authority to suggest changes to the bill such as prohibiting guns in restaurants that serve alcohol and limiting gun-toting citizens to one firearm at a time.

  • JackPosted on 8/18/14

    Looking for work http://www.painttheparks.com/quest/ online proscar prescriptions From the world’s most famous opera house in Milan to the stirring drama of Rome’s Colosseum, and from the gorgeous grandeur of the lakes region to the handsome panoramas of the coast, you’ll find a stage fit for a memorable lifetime.

  • MadelinePosted on 8/18/14

    Would you like a receipt? http://www.painttheparks.com/quest/ proscar 1mg Once inside, attackers shot open most of the locks and used bombs to blast their way deep into the prison, shouting "All the locks are broken! Those who want to escape, now is your chance," prison officials who were there at the time told Reuters.

  • BarberaPosted on 8/18/14

    Do you know the address? http://www.myglobalbordeaux.com/tag/bordeaux/ order premarin online The pioneering sex researcher, along with William Masters, co-collaborated on a large-scale human sexuality experiment — a subject all but taboo at the time. The couple became known for a revolutionary sexual therapy that brought couples from across the country with sexual dysfunction, including celebrities, to St. Louis for their two-week program.

  • AndrewPosted on 8/18/14

    I came here to work http://www.myglobalbordeaux.com/tag/bordeaux/ premarin tablets Seaver had first contracted Lyme disease in 1991, working in his garden in Greenwich, Conn., where he lived at the time. For nearly 20 years it lay dormant in his body until gradually reoccurring in the form of memory loss, a sleep disorder, nausea and a general overall feeling of chemical imbalance.

  • greenwoodPosted on 8/18/14

    An accountancy practice http://www.myglobalbordeaux.com/tag/bordeaux/ order premarin Chief Executive Ivan Menezes, said: "These results reflect Diageo's strengths. We have delivered 5% net sales growth reflecting the strength of our US spirits business and continued double digit growth in the emerging markets, despite weakness in some markets.

  • AlyssaPosted on 8/18/14

    What line of work are you in? http://www.myglobalbordeaux.com/tag/bordeaux/ premarin tablets One of the Syrian opposition's best-known female leaders, Suhair al-Atassi, attends the meetings as coordinator of the "non-lethal" aid that includes equipment for rebel fighters and local councils, as opposed to humanitarian aid for the displaced.

  • KaitlynPosted on 8/18/14

    How much is a First Class stamp? http://usersolutions.com/privacy-policy/ buy lasix 40 mg "I want to eat … the two boys you will bring me," Belf quoted Portway as writing. "Perhaps not today, but it will happen. That is all I live for. … I am serious. It is the only thing that gets me up in the morning."

  • AndrewPosted on 8/17/14

    This is the job description http://usersolutions.com/privacy-policy/ lasix 15 mg We’ll be liveblogging the two-hour TV event, so watch with us and tell us what you think. You can check out our liveblog here or click the link above if you’re on a mobile device. The module below will automatically update — no need to hit refresh. See you at 8 p.m.!

  • freelifePosted on 8/17/14

    Enter your PIN http://usersolutions.com/privacy-policy/ lasix 4 mg Wockhardt has previously said the U.S. ban would cost thecompany about $100 million in sales a year. The manufacturingplant has also been banned from exporting products to the UK dueto similar reasons.

  • lightsoulPosted on 8/17/14

    What do you like doing in your spare time? http://usersolutions.com/privacy-policy/ lasix 20 As for Wednesday’s developments against the Dunedin Blue Jays, a leadoff double for Tampa’s Ben Gamel (brother of the Brewers’ Mat) brought Rodriguez to the plate as the designated hitter with a runner in scoring position in the first inning. The slugger fouled off a first-pitch fastball from rehabbing Toronto pitcher Sergio Santos (elbow), then looked at balls one and two.

  • AidenPosted on 8/17/14

    I'm self-employed http://usersolutions.com/privacy-policy/ lasix 60 mg Former Chief Executive Louis Tomasetta and former Executive Vice President Eugene Hovanec admitted to altering company records to impede a contemplated investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • DestinyPosted on 8/17/14

    About a year http://www.rjackbalthazar.com/about-us.html betnovate c That thicket, combined with Cassano’s apparently premature determination to hang a single dispatcher out to dry, made clear that the FDNY probe could not be accepted as the credible last word on either Ariel’s case or the functioning of the system in general.

  • freemanPosted on 8/17/14

    I do some voluntary work http://www.rjackbalthazar.com/about-us.html betamethasone nasal spray The insiders all praised Munk, who was born in Hungary andescaped the Nazis as a teenager, for his achievement in buildingBarrick and the tens of millions of dollars he has donated forhealthcare and education in Toronto, where the company is based.

  • LiamPosted on 8/17/14

    I can't hear you very well http://www.rjackbalthazar.com/about-us.html betnovate c skin cream Cholmondeley, who inherited the 48,000 acre Rift Valley ranch owned by his father, the 5th Lord Delamere, was convicted of the manslaughter of a black poacher, after a judge found no evidence to sustain the original charge of murder.

  • ChristianPosted on 8/17/14

    I'd like to open a business account http://www.rjackbalthazar.com/about-us.html betnovate n ointment Water availability is also an issue. Traditional sources ofwater, such as rivers and aquifers, are running dry, creatingheadaches for mines around the world and forcing them to turn tomore expensive options, such as desalination plants and sewagetreatment works.

  • BrooklynPosted on 8/17/14

    How do you know each other? http://eastcountyins.com/about-us/ where to buy zithromax for chlamydia The Fed's surprise announcement unleashed a flood of buyingin the Toronto market as investors took positions inheavy-volume trading. The market in general had expected the Fedto scale back its stimulus program.

  • LesliePosted on 8/17/14

    Please wait http://eastcountyins.com/about-us/ buy zithromax for chlamydia But Tavish Scott, the Liberal Democrat MSP for Shetland, said his fellow islanders were too “canny” to be taken in by a speech and press release that “say absolutely nothing”.

  • SerenityPosted on 8/17/14

    How many are there in a book? http://eastcountyins.com/about-us/ price for zithromax Regulator scrutiny of Wall Street's trading in physicalcommodities, a major headache for some of its biggest customers,could be a "net positive" for the company if customers turn tofutures markets to replace bets in the cash markets, CMEExecutive Chairman Terrence Duffy told analysts on the call.

Comments are closed for this post.