1 John 2:3-11; Psalm 96; Luke 2:22-35
St. John says in the first reading that ‘he who says he loves God but disobeys his commandments is a liar’ Today, many of us belong too this category. We claim to love God but disobey his commandments. A man hurries to the Church but not at peace with his neighbour. We profess we love God but with so much hatred in our hearts. John continues, he says ‘ He who says he is in the light and hates his brother is in the darkness.’ Beloved, Simeon recognised Jesus as ‘a light for revelation to the Gentiles.’ We in turn are to be a light for revelation to all those who have not yet accepted Jesus as the light of their lives. When we keep his commandments we behave as light and children of light.
Let us pray
Almighty and invisible God, who dispersed the darkness of this world by the coming of your light, look, we pray, with serene countenance upon us, that we may acclaim with fitting praise the greatness of the Nativity of your Only Begotten Son. Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.