His Eminence Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles, visited the Diocese of Raleigh Wednesday, Feburary 2, for an address at the University of North Carolina on the need for immigration reform. (See story.) During his brief visit, Cardinal Mahony was Celebrant at the daily Mass at the UNC-Chapel Hill Newman Center Parish. The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge was Principal Concelebrant. Msgr. David D. Brockman, Vicar General of the Diocese, and Msgr. John Wall, Pastor of the Newman Center, were Concelebrants.
In his homily, Cardinal Mahony noted that February 2 marked the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord which, he said, “officially brings to a close the first covenant God made with the Jewish people.” The prophets would preach that the day would come, Cardinal Mahony explained, when the Messiah would proclaim the new covenant. Citing the readings of the day, the Cardinal pointed out that Simeon and Anna represented “the last two prophets to proclaim the birth of Jesus, that this is the One awaited through the ages.
“They had received from the spirit of God some inclination that they would not die until they beheld the promise of the Old Testament. And through the power of God’s spirit, they recognized Jesus.”
Cardinal Mahony reflected that the New Covenant is God’s gift to all the people of the world. “As we rejoice in God’s plan for salvation,” he said, “we ask how does this relate to each of us?” He explained that, like Simeon and Anna, we should be open to receive God’s word, so we, too, more readily will respond to the people in our midst: the poor, the sick, the immigrant. “We are also called to share Jesus with others,” the Cardinal told the faithful in attendance, many of them students. “As disciples, we should point others to the way of Jesus.”
Above: Msgr. David D. Brockman, Cardinal Roger Mahony, Bishop Michael F. Burbidge and Msgr. John Wall at celebration of Mass at UNC-Chapel Hill Newman Center Parish.
Below: Faithful attending daily Mass celebrated by Cardinal Mahony during visit to the Diocese of Raleigh and the University of North Carolina.