It’s the Feast of the Presentation, the very last day of Christmas no matter how you count. From today’s readings:
Because he himself was tested through what he suffered,
he is able to help those who are being tested.
Lent is around the corner. Here’s a tip for you, as demonstrated by today’s readings and by all the best carols: You’ll always do better if you put a bit of Lent in your Christmas, and a bit of Christmas in your Lent.
Have a good one!
Conrad von Soest [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Passionsaltar (Wildungen-Altar), Präsentation Christi im Tempel, 1403. See how Saint Joseph is making breakfast while the Blessed Mother lounges with her newborn baby? That’s how you do it gentlemen . . . but maybe not with open flames so close to the bed.
Stefan Lochner (circa 1400/1410–1451) [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Presentation of Christ in the Temple, 1447. What’s with all those very small boys with candles? I’m seeing a theme here. We make it tame by calling it “Light of the World.” But really, it’s about setting things on fire, isn’t it? With respect to our immortal souls, that is.