Luke 2, 22-40:
“When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for himwhat the law required, Simeon took him into his arms and blessed God; and said: “Now, Master, you can let your servant go in peace, just as you promised; because my eyes have seen the salvation which you have prepared for all the nations to see, a light to enlighten the pagans and the glory of your people Israel”.
We celebrate today the Presentation of the Lord in the temple and also the Purification of Mary.
We could also call it the Feast of the Encounter, because the Lord meets with his New People as light, salvation and glory.
We burn the old and the new bursts forth.
The old rites give way to the newness of the Gospel.
That is why we light a fire today.
Burning the old that now has no meaning, all that is rotten and useless, Christ appears like a burst of light and heat that illuminates and gives new life.
Throw onto the “bonfire” everything you have that is old and ought to be burnt.
Antonio Sanjuán Marín, cmf