Popularly known as Candlemas, the Church blesses her candles today as the Lord Jesus, the Light of the world, is presented in the temple by the Blessed Mother and Good Saint Joseph (Luke 2.22-40).
The Light who curses and dispels the darkness of sin has come! He comes even now to curse those things that separate us from him. Emmanuel, God with us, present to us in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, in the proclamation of the Word, the celebration of the Eucharist, in the lives of the heavenly and earthly saints of our time!
In today’s Divine Office, Saint Sophronius speaks of how our souls must be as radiant as the candles which we process and bless today, so that we may take the light of Christ and inflame it in the hearts of those who need Him. We are charged, as members of the body of Christ to proclaim the Gospel so we “may bring to all men that light of Christ which shines out visibly from the Church” (Lumen Gentium 1). We must work towards a just society which promotes the values of God’s kingdom. This work is desperately needed even today as we read the current events found in today’s media. Christ, be our light! Shine in your Church gathered today!
“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” ~Albert Schweitzer