a letter to families; here is an excerpt:
I am writing this
letter to you on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple. The
evangelist Luke tells us that the Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph, in keeping
with the Law of Moses, took the Baby Jesus to the temple to offer him to the
Lord, and that an elderly man and woman, Simeon and Anna, moved by the Holy
Spirit, went to meet them and acknowledged Jesus as the Messiah (cf. Lk 2:22-38). Simeon took him in his arms
and thanked God that he had finally “seen” salvation. Anna, despite her
advanced age, found new vigour and began to speak to everyone about the Baby.
It is a beautiful image: two young parents and two elderly people, brought
together by Jesus. He is the one who brings together and unites generations! He
is the inexhaustible font of that love which overcomes every occasion of
self-absorption, solitude, and sadness. In your journey as a family, you share
so many beautiful moments: meals, rest, housework, leisure, prayer, trips and
pilgrimages, and times of mutual support… Nevertheless, if there is no love
then there is no joy, and authentic love comes to us from Jesus. He offers us
his word, which illuminates our path; he gives us the Bread of life which
sustains us on our journey.
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