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  The Presentation of Christ in the TempleSalt In A Secular Society

 

The Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Luke 2)

This coming Wednesday, February 2nd we celebrate The Presentation of Christ in the Temple. 

All babies were brought to the Temple – boys after 40 days and girls after 80 days.  Brought by their parents – for the mother it was particularly important as giving birth to a baby was an unclean business – unclean not just as a ’messy business’ but unclean as in taboo, untouchable, in need of purification.  So all mothers, all baby boys and all baby girls – were presented to God.  It was a normal event.

Jesus was human, flesh and blood, and so could really identify with us.  Not like the Greek idea of Gods who were detached from human beings. For us this is a reminder that because Jesus shared our identity he could and can sympathize, he felt, he feels what we feel. He has shared our sorrows, faced our temptations, experienced our difficulties – and he can help.

The service of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple is also known as Candlemas, and is the official end of the Christmas season.  By the fourth and fifth centuries candles had become a feature of the service – hence the nickname Candlemas.  We do not know why. Was it a reminder of the natural darkness of the Temple, lit by oil lamps in those days? Or was it to enable the priest, deacons and choir to see where they were going at an early morning service? Or was it to re-enforce Simeon’s words that Jesus is ‘a light for revelation to the Gentiles’.

Whatever the original reason for the candles today the light of the candles reminds us of that greater light which, for all time, radiates from Jesus. It reminds us that we too are to burn brightly in the midst of this dark world.  But the light with which we burn is not our own light, for no light of our own would be bright enough. Rather we are to burn with the light of Christ.  The light first recognized by Simeon at The Presentation of Christ in the Temple.

Painting by Fra Angelico

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