Going Behind the Word: The Importance of the Presentation

Ever since the Temple was built, the importance was that God’s glory dwelt there. When Solomon first built the Temple, the glory of God was a dark cloud. And when Jesus is presented in the Temple, once more the glory of God fills it. But the best part — we are now temples of the Holy Spirit. The passion and suffering of Jesus means that we are Temples of the Holy Spirit. In this way, we receive the powerful light of Christ, and we use that light to invite others into a relationship with Jesus.

From ordinary to extraordinary: when we listen to God

Imagine a shepherd becoming king. Or one who works in finances as a Spanish teacher. Or a high school student speaking about faith in front of the whole school. Or an extraordinary basketball player becoming a very faithful Catholic. Each one of us is loved by God beyond all imagining. Each one of us is called to do amazing and outstanding things. And each one of us is challenged to allow God to use us to reach out to others and tell them the good news.

Smart, Prayerful, Disciple

There is an often quoted statement from Saint Thomas Aquinas, who we celebrate today. Aquinas is really the most gifted theologian in the history of the Church. But toward the end of his life, he was saying that all he had written was just so much straw. Some take this to mean he did not value or appreciate what he wrote. However, truth be told, he was comparing what he wrote with his mystical experience of God and compared to this mystical experience of God, what he had written, his attempts to clarify, seemed like so much straw. What we are reminded of today is what Aquinas knew so well; there is nothing better than our relationship with God.

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