Thought of the day
Monday, February 2, 2015

The Presentation of the Lord - Feast

"A light for revelation to the Gentiles"

Blessed Guerric of Igny (c.1080-1157), Cistercian abbot
1st Sermon for the Purification, 2-3

"A light for revelation to the Gentiles"

Who is there today who, as he holds a lighted candle in his hand, does not immediately think of the old man who today received Jesus in his arms, the Word in the flesh, the light in the wax, and who bore witness that he was the light that shines upon all nations? The old man was himself a burning flame that enlightens and gives witness to the light, he who, in the Holy Spirit with which he was filled, came to receive, O God, your love within your Temple (Ps 47[48],10) and bear witness that you are the love and light of your people...

Rejoice, just old man; look now at what you had once foreseen: darkness has disappeared from the world; the nations walk by your light (Is 60,3). The whole earth is filled with the glory (Is 6,3) of this light which, in the past, you used to hide in your heart and which today illumines your eyes... Embrace the Wisdom of God, O blessed old man, and may your youth be renewed (Ps 102[103],5). Receive the mercy of God in your heart and your old age will know the sweetness of mercy. “He will rest in my bosom”, says Scripture (Wsd 1,12). Even when I give him back to his mother, he will continue to dwell with me; my heart will be filled with his mercy and, even more, the heart of his mother... I give thanks and rejoice for you, full of grace, for you gave birth to the mercy I have received; the candle which you prepared I am holding in my hands...

And you, brethren, look at the candle that burns in the hands of Simeon; light your candles with his light... Then, not only will you bear a light in your hands, but you yourselves will be a light for others. A light in your hearts, a light in your lives, a light for your brothers and sisters.

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