5th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2014
My brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus,
I am still receiving many positive comments of how beautiful was the celebration of the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. The high light was the candle-lighted procession at both parishes. Yes, the feast is on the liturgical calendar yearly but to celebrate the feast on the weekend masses is not so often. The last time we celebrated this feast was eleven years ago 2003 and the next time this feast will be celebrated on the weekend of 2020. The feast is always on February 2 each calendar year but sometime the leap year will shift this feast day that is jumping from Saturday to Monday just it was happened in 2008 the leap year.
The beautiful meaning of this feast that our Lord is revealed Himself to mankind that is for our sake, the Light of our salvation, the light for the gentiles. Each of us was processed into the house of the Lord with lighted candle that show how faithful we are to God. We walk together with the Light of Christ and show to the world that we are the light of the world.
This Saturday, at St. Boniface, we will have 13 children who will receive for the first time – the sacrament of reconciliation. I had a chance to meet these children with their parents last Saturday as they attended a retreat conducted by our faith formation staff. I am amired these children and their parents for their willingly and continue to be the good example for us all. It is our time that we are responsible to be the light of the world and we are called to share this great light with others.
Jesus in the gospel of Matthew point directly to us and said, “you the the light of the world”. Yes we are the followers of Christ. We hold the light of Christ for the world to see. The light of Christ is our life of how we live and how we practicing our faith. By being a role model for our children in practicing the faith of Christ we are showing the light that Jesus calls us.
Last weekend, we held the blessed lighted candle symbolicly the Light of Christ. Let us continue holding this light for the world to see the Christ – our God, our Lord and our Savior of the world.
Rev. Joseph-Quoc Vuong