Fourth Sunday of Epiphany - Reflection by Canon Leslie
Today is the Fourth Sunday of Epiphany. The Gospel reading takes us to the Presentation of Christ in the temple. In Luke’s account, Mary and Joseph take the infant Jesus to the temple in Jerusalem for the ceremony of the purification of the mother forty days after the birth. In the temple the Holy Spirit inspires Simeon and Anna to prophesy about the infant Jesus’ future. In verse 32 Simeon speaks of Jesus as a light bringing God’s salvation to the Gentiles as well as to the Jewish people.
For those of you who wanted to do some thinking and preparation for today’s service during the preceding week, I invited reflection on the image of lights. In today’s picture from their book, Light, Aled and Sian are playing ‘I spy’ and looking for different kinds of light.
Lord Jesus Christ,
you bring light in darkness
and hope in despair.
Send your light into our lives,
so we may live to praise your name;
through time and through eternity.
Next Sunday, the Fourth Sunday before Lent. The Gospel reading is Luke’s account of the great catch of fish that preceded the call of the first disciples. The image to help us prepare for next week’s theme is fish. You can find out more about that theme here https://www.prayerforliverpool.org/prayer-resources.html. We would really appreciate you letting us know how you are using these materials.