Presentation / Sunday
Malachi 3:1-4 / Hebrews 2:14-18 / Luke 2:22-40
Welcome to the great Feast of the Presentation!!!
I want us to start out by
taking a few moments—
just 60 seconds. . . .
And in this silence,
I want us to bring to mind
one or two people who have been the
light of Christ in our lives. . . .
The light of Christ. . . .
in how they live. . .
in the words they speak. . . .
in what they do. . . .
in how they interact with others. . . .
in how they live out the Gospel.
then give thanks to God for them.
Just 60 seconds.
This feast of the Presentation
is also called “Candlemas.”
All the candles—
and the solemn procession
at the beginning of mass—
all represents the entry of Christ—
the Light of the World—
into the Temple of Jerusalem
as Mary and Joseph bring the Christ-child—
Jesus—to be presented to God.
I would like to share with you—
one of people I thought of—
one of the lights of Christ in my life.
Her name is Elizabeth—
I’ve just known Elizabeth for about 8 months. . .
that’s when someone introduced me to her.
Now I’ve never met Elizabeth Catez . . . .
at least in person.
But I’ve met her in my prayers. . . .
and I’ve met her in her incredible—incredible
And I hope to meet her in heaven.
Her religious name in Sister Elizabeth of the Trinity.
She was a Discalced Carmelite sister
in Dijon, France.
She was canonized a saint a few years ago.
So she’s St. Elizabeth of the Trinity.
She’s becoming a favorite saint of many
because some of her
most profound spiritual principles. . . .
she discovered as a lay woman—
before she entered the convent.
Elizabeth was born in 1880. . . .
and she died young—
she died when she was 26.
She died of Addison’s disease—
a disease of the adrenal glands—
there was no cure at the time.
The disease had a devastating
effect on Elizabeth’s body.
You can see it in pictures of her. . . .
she lost so much weight
that when she died you could hardly recognize her.
But she never complained.
Elizabeth felt a call to
the religious life when she was 14—
she heard the call in Eucharistic Adoration.
Her mother was a widow at the time—
And quite possessive. . . .
So Elizabeth’s mother didn’t
give her permission to enter the
convent until she was 21 years old.
Before entering the cloister—
Elizabeth lived much like the rest of her peers.
She was very outgoing and social.
She was a brilliant pianist gave many concerts. . . .
She went to dance parties with her friends. . . .
She liked to hike in the mountains. . . .
and to play tennis.
She cherished the pleasures in life.
She enjoyed vacationing in the Alps and
going to the ocean.
And she was very, very active in her parish
She was a beautiful young girl and
several young men were interested
in marrying her. . .
but they all knew she was saving
herself for Someone else.
Elizabeth loved to pray.
And as her prayer life grew she
experienced in her prayer what
Jesus promises in the Gospel of John.
“Whoever loves me will keep my word,
and my Father will love [them],
and we will come to [them] and
make our dwelling with [them].”
“Make our dwelling with [them].”
So Elizabeth lived with the constant
realization that the Trinity was dwelling inside of her—
not just during her prayer—
but in her daily life.
This awareness of this indwelling—
And her steady communication with the Trinity
made her different.
It helped determine everything she said—
and what she did. . . .
even at her concerts and parties and playing tennis.
She had a special relationship with God—
and people knew it.
Now all of this as a young lay woman.
St. Elizabeth’s prayer to the Trinity is one of
the most beautiful prayers ever written.
But what I want to emphasize on
this Feast of the Presentation is
when God revealed to her
what her name in heaven would be.
Have you ever thought that we
may have different names in heaven. . . .
a name God will give us?
Well, Elizabeth’s name in heaven
was revealed to her while
she was reading St. Paul.
She loved to read St. Paul.
She ran across this phrase
“Praise of Glory.”
“Praise of glory.”
And immediately God revealed to her
that this is what her name in heaven would be. . . .
“Laudem Gloriae” in Latin.
And she released with this name
that for all of eternity she would
be able to give glory and praise to God. . . .
that she could start the experience of
heaven here on earth by making sure
that every thing she did. . . .
everything she said. . . .
would be to give praise and glory to God.
That’s why Elizabeth was such
a light of Christ to those around her.
She was different—
and aware of—
the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
And always aiming to give praise and glory to God.
Starting to live heaven—
Here on earth.
Praise of Glory.
Isn’t that a great way to live—
Starting our heaven here on earth—
Bathing in and sharing the light of Christ.
You know, if you were baptized as a Catholic. . .
your parents and godparents were given a candle.
And the priest said:
“Receive the light of Christ.”
That’s why we all have the candles. . . .
We’re all called to be the light of Christ for the world. . . .
Giving praise and glory to
God in everything we do.
How do we want to be the light of Christ.
What specific way do we
want to give praise and glory to God?
Can I suggest something?
Write it down—
Write down how God is calling
you specifically to be the light of Christ.
And then pray for it.
Beg for the grace.
Here’s what I do?
I have a little black book—
and I write down all the ways that
I think God is calling me to be the light of Christ.
Then I read it every morning in my prayers. . . .
I really need the reminding.
And then I beg for the grace to be the light of Christ. . .
To realize that the Trinity dwells within me. . . .
To give praise and glory to God in everything I do. . . .
To start living in heaven now.
What name do you think God will
give you in heaven?
Maybe God has already told you.
I can’t wait to find out mine.
And don’t forget—
Don’t forget to thank the person
who has been the light of Christ for you. . . .
It’ll make their day.
Holy Spirit 02/01-02/2020