Through the Presentation, Joseph, Mary, and Jesus show us a profound example of humility and obedience by observing Jewish law even though they didn’t have to. They did that for our sake, not their own.
When our Lord speaks to you in the depths of your soul, he speaks in a manner that is meant solely for you, and which only you will be able to understand. It’s as if he made up a brand new language just for you. That voice isn’t meant for anyone else, so they won’t be able to hear it.
Understand that if human life is undervalued, so will our freedoms be undervalued. This is not about a law as much as it is about an attitude. What is needed in an immediate and widespread way is a change of hearts away from evil and disregard for life and toward God.
We’re celebrating a “Second Epiphany” (think hobbits) on January 6 complete with an Epiphany House Blessing, I hope that you will do the same in the best way that you are able. Most importantly, I urge you to conduct an Epiphany House Blessing according to our Catholic tradition.
On this feast of St. Nicholas, we give thanks to God for this wonderful saint who loved and protected children. We remember the children in our lives as well as those who are in desperate situations. If we open our hearts and lift our voices to heaven, grace will abound.