February 2, 2023 (Thursday)
Let us all remember that we are in the Holy Presence of God.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to
present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to
the Lord”), and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves or
two young pigeons.” Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous
and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to
him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit,
Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what
was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying, “Master, now you are
dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.”
The great Feast of the Presentation of the Child Jesus in the temple. Candlemas. Feast of the Presentation Order.
Feast of the Purification of the Virgin Mary. Feast of the Holy Encounter. We are spoilt as Christians today as to
which celebration we embrace. For me it’s the Feast for the Holy Encounter, where Simeon and Anna embrace the
Holy Family. Simeon moved by the Holy Spirit was informed “he would not see death until he had set eyes on the
Christ of the Lord.” He had experienced the “Messiah,” “the Saviour” there and then while he was still alive, then he
could declare openly “now, Master, you let your servant go in peace, my eyes have seen the salvation which you
have prepared for all nations.” Do we wait patiently for the Lord in our lives? Do we acknowledge daily the Lord
before others and be “a light to enlighten the pagans” as Simeon says. Lord give us your servants the wish to go in
peace to live and share the Lord with others. “You are called like the apostles to make God known to others.” (Med
Lasallian Guiding Principle
LGP states, “As a member of a community, of the nation, and of the global village, Lasallian institutions must work in solidarity with peoples and institutions that share the conviction in denouncing and working towards the elimination of unjust practices…”
Though the Lasallian schools are now giving opportunities for students to study, still we are called to do our part in the
Lasallian mission. We can start by saying “Hi” to familiar faces and even give people hugs when they need. A simple act of
kindness means a lot especially to individuals who are hurting. Let us help one another to strengthen our mental and
Synod on Synodality Prayer
We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name.
With You alone to guide us, Make Yourself at home in our hearts;
Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it.
We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder.
Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path nor partiality influence our actions.
Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life and not stray from the way of truth and
what is right.
All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time, in the communion of the Father and the Son,
forever and ever.
St. John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us.
St. Miguel Febres Cordero, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts, forever!
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
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DLSU IRPA. (n.d.). Guiding Principles of the Philippine Lasallian Family.
Retrieved June 22, 2020, from http://www.dlsu.edu.ph/inside/lasallian-guiding-principles/default.asp
Prepared by Br. Tom Walsh FSC (Gospel Reflection), Allysa Mae R. Abusmas, Biochemistry Student (LGP),
through the DLSMHSI Lasallian Mission and Linkages and Advancement, Campus Ministry, and Chaplaincy
Our Daily Lasallian Reflection and Prayer is a DLSMHSI gift to the Lasallian family for the 2019 Celebration of the
Year of Vocation and the Tercentenary celebration of the death of our founder SJBDLS.