Sunday 2 February 2020
The Presentation of the Lord
Malachi 3:1-4. Psalm 23(24):7-10. Hebrews 2:14-18. Luke 2:22-40.
Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord! – Psalm 23(24):7-10
The hope of Israel is fulfilled.
How strange and marvellous God’s return to the Temple after his long absence. At last the hope of Israel is fulfilled, though in a manner at once more mundane and spectacular than any prophet could have dreamed. In today’s Gospel, the Lord returns not with the liturgical fanfare of the Psalms, but as a tiny child in the arms of his parents. This God, this king of Glory, not only comes to his people in order to show them compassion, but in his great mercy allows them to look down on him, to adore him, to hold him though he is infinite. Further, he becomes subject both to the Law and to everything else constitutive of human life that he might be our salvation and might reveal God’s perfect love in a manner we can grasp and be drawn to.