The Presentation of Christ

When Mary and Joseph, presented Jesus at the temple as prescribed by the law, Simeon gave thanks to God for Jesus, “a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel” and then predicted Mary’s sorrows. Some of the sorrows came early: the flight to Egypt to escape Herod’s lethal jealousy and then the anxious search Mary and Joseph made when at 12, Jesus stayed behind in his “father’s house.” We can all relate to the panic of not being able to contact a relative or friend or losing sight of a child in a crowd. With the end of DACA, (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and TPS (Temporary Protected Status) for immigrants from ten countries, many of our neighbors are facing possible separation from family members, spouses and friends.Having registered as required, these people now seem particularly vulnerable. Let us pray and work for a just and compassionate solution that serves these immigrants and our nation.