Today we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation, when Mary and Joseph offered their firstborn son Jesus in the Temple. In the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Presentation is known as the Meeting of Our Lord, God, and Savior, as in an encounter.
It’s also the Fourth Joyful Mystery of the Rosary, which is rooted in obedience. Obedience involves acceptance, patience, carrying out one’s responsibilities, and keeping promises. Mary and Joseph followed the Law and presented their son in the Temple. Simeon foretold of Mary’s future sufferings, which she accepted in obedience to God’s will, just like she did when she agreed to become the Mother of God at the Annunciation. Anna and Simeon demonstrated their obedience by patiently praying and awaiting the coming of the Messiah.
Today’s feast gives us some interesting questions to reflect on. If we met Jesus in the Temple, or church, or even some peaceful, quiet place, what would we show or tell him? Anna was eager to tell everyone she encountered about Jesus; what would we say about Jesus to others, especially those who are curious or don’t go to any kind of church at all? How have we been obedient and accepted God’s will recently? And finally, what special or spiritual event have we experienced or witnessed in the last few months?
We present ourselves to God and others through our actions, especially as stewards. We serve God in obedience to his will, even if we don’t understand it or even want to serve at times. Through obedience we share in the joys, sorrows, and service of others in life. We are God’s light to the nations (Luke 2:32), and we can always trust his promise to save us.
--Jim Wollak, Parishioner
St. Brendan the Navigator
29 Rockaway Ave.
San Francisco CA 94127
In the Archdiocese of San Francisco
Sunday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Monday - Thursday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
(OFFICE TEMPORARILY CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19)
The rectory office is closed on Independence Day,
Labor Day, and other official holidays.
Weekday Mass Schedule
Monday-Friday 6:30 am & 8:15 am
Weekend Mass Schedule
Saturday 8:15 am & 5:00 pm Vigil Mass
Sunday 7:30 AM, 9:30 AM, 11:30 AM & 5:00 PM
Holy Days of Obligation and Ash Wednesday
6:30 am, 8:15 am, 6:00 pm
Wednesday 7:15 pm - 7:45 pm
Saturday 4:15 pm - 4:45 pm
Sunday 7-7:30, 8:30-9:30, 10:30-11:30 am
By appointment with any priest.
Every 3rd Saturday at 10 a.m.
4th Sunday of January, April, August & December (during Mass)
Wednesday 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19)
Saturday 4:00 pm - 5:00pm
(CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19)
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