The Bishop's Letters
Articles from February 2017
n the day our culture calls Groundhog Day, let’s remember that today has been observed since at least the 4th century as the Presentation of Christ in the Temple. According to the Law (Leviticus 12), Mary and Joseph were to present their newborn to the Lord in the Temple on the 40th day after his birth. February 2 is 40 days after Christmas Day, and so the Presentation is observed today in the Christian year (and it has nothing to do with Jesus seeing his shadow!). We celebrate that, in Jesus, God has come to his people. In the prophetic words of the aged Simeon who took baby Jesus in his arms, “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel” (Luke 2:29-32).