The feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, one of the last events in Luke’s Infancy Narrative, is celebrated this week on February 2nd. It’s also called Candelmass Day because candles are blessed this day. Candles bring light to the house, Jesus Christ brought light to Simeon and Anna, waiting in the temple representing all who wait for the light that is Christ.
Two saints, Thomas Aquinas and John Bosco, are remembered this week.They couldn’t be more humanly unlike. Thomas Aquinas, a thinker, John Bosco, a doer. Bless them all.
The readings this week show two worlds. Mark’s Gospel takes us to the Sea of Galilee, as Jesus heals and teaches and meets opposition from the scribes and Pharisees. The Letter to the Hebrews tells us to lift our eyes to heaven. Another world awaits us.
JANUARY 28 Mon Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church
Memorial Pss III
Heb 9:15, 24-28/Mk 3:22-30 (317)
29 Tue Weekday
Heb 10:1-10/Mk 3:31-35 (318)
30 Wed Weekday
Heb 10:11-18/Mk 4:1-20 (319)
31 Thu Saint John Bosco, Priest
Heb 10:19-25/Mk 4:21-25 (320)
FEBRUARY 1 Fri Weekday
Heb 10:32-39/Mk 4:26-34 (321)
2 Sat The Presentation of the Lord
Mal 3:1-4/Heb 2:14-18/Lk 2:22-40 or 2:22-32 (524)
3 SUN FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Jer 1:4-5, 17-19/1 Cor 12:31—13:13 or 13:4-13/Lk 4:21-30 (72)