by Fr Richard Heilman | February 12, 2020 4:51 PM
Because of the wickedness and corruption of the Temple, the Shekinah Glory of the Lord had left the holy place. The Feast of the Presentation (February 2) is a celebration of the God of Israel returning in glory back into the Temple.
So, what does the Lord do when we come to meet Him in His Temple? He purges from us all that keeps us from being the people He wants us to be. The reading from Malachi, on the Feast of the Presentation, speaks of a “refiner’s fire” or a “fuller’s lye” to PURIFY. God wants to burn away all that keeps us from being gleaming silver of self-less love.
Then, having been purified, against a world of wickedness and corruption we, now having Christ within us, become a “Sign of Contradiction” (Signum Cui Contradicitur) to the world … a “Light for Revelation.”
Is some kind of “profound purification” occurring since the Feast of the Presentation this year? Are we being called, as never before, to be that “Sign of Contradiction”?
Here we are in the year 2020. Some have equated it to the term used for one’s perfect vision: 20/20 vision. In spiritual terms, it is seeing clearly what had once been hidden and, therefore, better able to discern the spirits of good and evil.
This year’s Feast of the Presentation had an additional quality. It landed on 02/02/2020. This is a palindrome, and the first global palindrome year in 909 years. A palindrome simply means that 02/02/2020 reads the same when one reverses it.
Also, February 2, 2020 was the 33rd day (span of the life of Christ) of the year, with 333 days remaining in the year, because of a leap year (the number 3 being a Trinitarian number).
So, what happened, and what is happening since this feast?
First, let’s look at, what I call, one the largest lampstands in our world today: The Super Bowl, which was played on that same day. Moreover, this was Super Bowl “LIV.” LIV or “LIVE?” Most of us are familiar with this much quoted “Pro-Life” passage from Deuteronomy:
“See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.
But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess.
This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” – Deut. 30:15-19
In many ways, this was a “Pro-Life Super Bowl.” Why? In the weeks leading up to the playoffs, it was “revealed” that the Green Bay Packers – whose legendary coach, Vince Lombardi, has the Super Bowl trophy named after him – donated funds to Planned Parenthood. Coach Lombardi was a daily Mass goer; a devout Catholic, and so this directly opposed what Lombardi stood for. The scandal of the Packers supporting the “culture of death” was devastating to all of those who are working hard to defend life. These are, by and large, like Coach Lombardi, people of great faith.
More contrasts … Besides seeing the owner of the Chicago Bears – the classic rival of the Packers – speak at the March for Life, the Super Bowl Champion, Kansas City Chiefs, with this largest of lampstands, received much attention for the pervasive deep faith throughout the team. Some may have concluded that the Chiefs (unlike the Packers), by choosing life, chose “blessings” over “curses.” Did life and prosperity come, because they chose to “walk in obedience to Him”? Again, this was the largest of lampstands that impacted many hearts and minds on that February 2, 2020, as they witnessed the consequence of two very different choices.
Also seen in stark contrast to this “team of faith,” given this enormous lamp stand, was the shocking half time “strip club” show, that highlighted everything those who are disobedient to the will of God want to promote.
In the days following February 2, 2020, we have witnessed many startling examples of the “consequence of two very different choices.”
Before I highlight these, I want to share what I believe has happened in our culture.
As virtually everyone would concur, a spirit of disobedience to God erupted in the 1960s. Referring to the first paragraph of the Deuteronomy passage cited above, this revolt against God brought “death and destruction” into our culture, beginning with the Roe v. Wade decision that has seen 1.5 billion babies murdered worldwide since 1973. This disobedient spirit took root, mainly, in the Democratic Party, but was also seen in parts of the Republican Party, led by recent administrations: Clintons, Bushes, Obamas.
This has grown, over the past few decades into, what I call, the “ruling class,” especially as the hippies of the 1960s grew into power. Some refer to it as the “establishment” or the “swamp.” This ruling class has taken control of virtually every power of influence in our culture: Media, Hollywood, TV, universities, public schools, theater, the arts, and literature.
But, having been unmoored to truth, Natural Law and decency for so long, whether those on the Left want to admit it or not, their Party has now been taken over by those with such radical ideologies that even the James Carvilles of the world see their Party spinning out of control.
Lately, however, something is happening. Mainly because, thank God, more people are becoming aware of this (shocked into awareness?) and are willing to fight back. Moreover, more people are aligning themselves with those who want to fight back. This more widespread retaliation against the ruling class has allowed the current administration to join the fight, with far less fear that they will be defeated. It’s On!
Okay, having said that, I find these days since the Feast of the Presentation, particularly noteworthy. MSNBC and CNN would call these BOMBSHELLS:
February 3 – Iowa Caucus Implosion – This went a long way to put on full display the delusion that government can run everything (socialism). Many likened it to the DMV. This debacle was a warning.
February 4 – Pelosi’s Temper Tantrum at State of the Union – Tearing up the SOTU speech at the end, emblazoned in people’s minds how outrageous, diabolical and out-of-control the Dems have been in their obsession with destroying the President. Almost everyone was shocked … shocked into reality.
February 5 – Trump Acquittal – This looked, to most, just like the conclusion to the Mueller investigation. Again, this highlighted the Dems obsession to destroy to gain power, more than anything else. Polls backed this universal perceived reaction.
February 6 – National Prayer Breakfast – The timing seemed providential. The President appeared very humbled, and admitted “He is trying …” to learn to forgive those who counted themselves as his arch-enemies and who had spent his entire administration trying to destroy him and his family. Almost all felt sorry for what he had been put through.
February 7 – Celebration of Acquittal – This was a celebration of thanksgiving for the President for all those who did not abandon him throughout the, unprecedented, vicious assaults on him and his family throughout his Presidency.
February 8 – James Carville Rants About His Party Imploding – This was a real sign of panic. The Left will never expose their panic publicly, but it got just that bad … for the ruling class.
February 9 – Firing of NSC Obama Appointees – A show of real strength that sent a message that those who unjustly collude against the President are not welcomed in his administration.
February 10 – Oscars have all-time low ratings, as Celebs continue elitist rants – This is another sign that people are tired of these elitist rants. Hollywood is so narcissistic that they can’t even recognize just how much their smug preaching is irritating the public.
February 11 – Dem’s leading candidate is a Communist. Lunch pale Joe is imploding – After decades of grooming young people to join ranks with the ideology of the ruling class, Dems are panicked now that they may have “created a monster” of baby communists that will lead them to lose power for many years to come.
February 12 – Pope Francis Exhortation Disappoints Radicals. Radical Cardinal Marx Resigns – Thanks to the prayers of a multitude, and the excellent teaching from some prominent and holy souls within the Church, the plan put in place at the “liberal stacked” Amazon Synod did not come to fruition. The resignation of one of the most radical Cardianls on the planet was wonderful icing on the cake.
I don’t know if any of this is striking to you, but I have found myself asking, “What is going on?” And, “Please, God, keep it coming!!”
And this just happened …
Virginia state Democrats on Tuesday stormed out of the House chamber after a local black minister led the body in an opening prayer that openly and strongly condemned abortion and gay marriage.
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