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Saturday next is the Feast of the Presentation in the Temple. It’s a quiet day, passing without much fuss or attention but is hugely important.
The day remembered, reminds us of the taking of the child Jesus to the temple in accordance with the traditions of the Jewish people. It reminds us of the ordinariness of the “family” of Nazareth. They did as all did – honoured God and invited Him to be part of their lives. A new child, a new beginning, a step into the future and a respect for the past are all part of this day.
It’s not unlike the bringing of a baby for baptism. Many of you have walked that walk, carrying your new-born to the church so that he or she may be welcomed into God’s family and become part of something very special.
One of the lovely features of the Presentation in the Temple is the meeting of generations. We have a young couple with their infant son, an elderly man and an elderly woman. They are brought into conversation and relationship by their gathering in church. This is surely a model for parish life and our involvement in the church. Surely it needs to be a place where the generations feel welcome, wanted and needed.
On Saturday next, we will gather in Glann Church with the nine boys of the parish who will celebrate their First Penance and First Holy Communion in the coming months. In many ways, it is a very fitting day for their parents and families to re-present them in the Temple, having done so at their baptism and through the years. In a special way, they will once again hand them into the Lord’s keeping and seek His lasting blessing upon them.
For all who are in Glann that night, regardless of whether or not you are related to one of the nine, know that you are part of their journey as were Simeon and Anna in the lives of the Nazareth Family.
All are welcome.
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