Thursday, February 2
Feast of the Presentation of the Lord
Candles are at the center of today’s feast as we liturgically close a focus on the childhood of Jesus and emphasize that Christ is the Light of the World. A solemn candlelight procession is the ritual centerpiece for the feast. In the home, families could light candles during a prayer celebration that would focus on the light Christ brings to the world. Today’s Readings: Malachi 3:1–4; Psalm 24:7, 8, 9, 10; Hebrews 2:14–18; Luke 2:22–40.
Monday, February 6
St. Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs
Today the Martyrs of Japan are remembered, twenty-six of whom endured a 600-mile death march, public abuse, and finally crucifixion in 1597. The suffering and faithfulness of these Japanese individuals is epitomized by Paul Miki. A Jesuit brother, he preached from the cross upon which he died, his words continuing to strengthen his companions and provide witness to the world. These martyrs lived the words of St. Paul in today’s Second Reading: “I have been crucified with Christ; yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me.” Today’s Readings: Galatians 2:19–20; Psalm 126:1bc–2ab, 2cd–3, 4–5, 6; Matthew 28:16–20.
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