“And in this corner … !”

A Rosary Meditation: The Fourth Joyful Mystery, The Presentation.

“And they returned to Nazareth. And the child grew and became strong, and the grace of God was upon him.” Luke 2:39-40.

Years ago, longer than I’d care to admit, I was a big fan of professional wrestling. I kept up with WWF, WCCW, NWA, and the AWA. I bought the magazines, read the books, and even went to some live bouts. Oh, I new it was all fake. I didn’t care about that. For me it was like some sort of  crazy soap opera. Kinda like the Three Stooges meets All My Children. And I had my favorite stars. I always rooted for the baddies, the ones everybody else hated. I figured that if they could make all the fans soooo mad, well, they were the better actors. A little like rooting for Cagney even when he played a psycho. Anyway, I had a lot of fun even though I wasn’t all that popular with the fans of the good guys.

“Hoopla” is defined as : “Excitement surrounding an event or situation, esp. when considered to be unnecessary fuss.” That’s a pretty good definition of pro wrestling. Its a good definition of Hollywood, politics, and most sports too. But have you ever noticed how low key great happenings are in the Bible? There’s no hoopla, no parades, no confetti, no microphone thrust in someones face while camera bulbs go popping all around. What happens in the Bible happens quietly, matter-of-factly, and things continue afterwards at a normal pace.

Mary and Joseph present Jesus in the Temple. They take the Messiah, God in the flesh, into God’s own house. There are no trumpets blasting, no screaming crowd, no announcer, no color commentary. Just a quiet, simple presentation of the Lord. That’s all. And then? They went back home, just like any other normal family would have.

Do you know anyone who’s “over the top”? A real attention getter? One of those people who obviously take great pains to be the center of attention? When they walk into a room you can almost hear the guy in the center of the ring calling out their name and rattling off their stats. And they get attention. But its pretty shallow. Not that many people really fall for it. They know its fake.

Every day we present the Messiah, God in the flesh, to the world around us. Its up to us how we go about this. We can engage in a lot of hoopla and empress ourselves while getting on everybody’s nerves or we can simply go about our business in a normal fashion, trying our best to be the good Catholic we know God wants us to be and will help us be. Because no one believes the hoopla, no one really believes that pro wrestling is for real (well, almost no one). And hoopla has no lasting effect. Think back and recall the people who’ve had the greatest impact in your life. We’re they the ones parading around the ring, holding the World Championship belt over their head, or were they the ninth grade math teacher who obviously practiced what they preached?

” Take heed that you do not your justice before men, to be seen by them: otherwise you shall not have a reward of your Father who is in heaven. 2 Therefore when thou dost an almsdeed, sound not a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be honoured by men. Amen I say to you, they have received their reward. 3 But when thou dost alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doth. 4 That thy alms may be in secret, and thy Father who seeth in secret will repay thee. 5 And when ye pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites, that love to stand and pray in the synagogues and corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men: Amen I say to you, they have received their reward.” Matthew 6:1-5, Douay-Rheims.

Just a thought … When presenting Jesus to others we have a wonderful opportunity to practice the Golden Rule and show Him to others as we’d like others to show Him to us.

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