Today is the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, also called Candlemas. It’s customary on this day to bring candles from home to church for a blessing. Our tradition is scattered with blessings like this. (For example, my parish recently revived the long tradition of blessing wine on the feast of St. John on December 27.)
These blessings are a concrete way of linking our lives out here in the world to the Body of Christ. It’s also a reminder that what Jesus gives us—the peace, the grace, the joy and, yes, the light—isn’t given to us to keep to ourselves. It’s given to us, as Simeon prayed, to take out into the world so that all can see the light and know that peace as well.
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