V World Day for Consecrated Life, Homily of John Paul II (February 2, 2001)
FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF THE LORD
HOMILY OF JOHN PAUL II
Friday, 2 February 2001
With this invocation, which we sang in the Responsorial Psalm, the Church, on the day when she recalls the Presentation of Jesus at the temple in Jerusalem, expresses the desire to be able to welcome him again at this present moment in her history. The Presentation is an evocative liturgical feast, fixed since ancient times on the 40th day after Christmas, following what Jewish law had prescribed for the birth of all first-born males (cf. Ex 13: 2). Mary and Joseph observed it faithfully, as the Gospel account tells us.