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Friends, today’s Gospel concludes Luke’s account of the Presentation of the infant Jesus in the temple.

The Presentation of the Lord goes on now in our churches, in our temples, at the Mass. We say that the Mass is the source and summit of the Christian life, for it effects even now, applies even now, the salvific power of the cross. 

And at the heart of the Mass, of course, is the Eucharist, which means thanksgiving. Listen to what Luke says about the prophetess Anna, who was a temple person through and through. Upon seeing the Christ child, “she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem.” 

That’s our task and our privilege even now.