The Bishop's Letters
Three brief thoughts today:
First, on 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).
Let me encourage you to read Luke 2:22-40 today and, with the prophet Anna, give thanks for the redemption won for us in Jesus Christ.
Second, I want to draw your attention to the statement from Archbishop Foley Beach about immigration, calling us to pray for our neighbors and our nations (printed below). Though Christians can and probably always differ on specific policies to achieve desirable outcomes, we should be united in prayer and we should be united in offering compassionate care and faithful witness to all who are vulnerable and in need.
And third, I praise God for the Summit and March for Life last week. The superb talks at Thursday’s day of teaching at The Falls Church Anglican are linked below. And the experience of being on the Washington Mall with hundreds of thousands of mostly young people was again uplifting and so very encouraging.
You might enjoy this time-lapse video of the March. Students for Life jumped in and started the March early and lots of folks joined in. The March appears to end about 40 seconds in, but then you realize it actually hadn’t begun yet—the official March for Life banner comes into view and then you see the massive wave that goes on and on.
Click the photo to see the March for Life time-lapse video.
But the best comment about the size of the crowd was from Jeanne Mancini, President of March for Life. “But the only number that I care about, and the number that all of us here care about, is 58 million,” she said. “Since 1973, 58 million Americans have been lost to abortion. We stand here for them today.”
Happy Presentation Day!