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Daily Bible Reflections Archive
| Theo Tigno
12/29/2006 11:04 am
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|Friday in the Octave of Christmas
| Luke 2:22-35
When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, the parents of Jesus took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, just as it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord, and to offer the sacrifice of a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons, in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord.
Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, awaiting the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Christ of the Lord. He came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform the custom of the law in regard to him, he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying:
"Lord, now let your servant go in peace;
your word has been fulfilled:
my own eyes have seen the salvation
which you prepared in the sight of every people,
a light to reveal you to the nations
and the glory of your people Israel."
The child's father and mother were amazed at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted (and you yourself a sword will pierce) so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed."
Today's prayer intention is for those who safety for strength and comfort for the Martin family.
When I was young, there was great anticipation for what I was going to get at Christmas.
Imagine that wait multiplied by 100.
Simeon wasn't just waiting to find out what he was getting for Christmas. He was waiting in "joyful hope" for the coming of Our Savior, Jesus Christ.
The waiting Simeon experienced is something that we can only imagine. After all, today we get mad if the person in front of us in the drive-thru line is taking a long time to order. This was a wait that was more than being "just about him" but rather his people and the future generations to come. This wait is a wait that, when he saw Our Lord, he said, "let your servant go in peace." At that moment, his wait was not only over, but the longings of his whole "person" was fulfilled.
Imagine his anticipation. Imagine his longing. He was ready for The Lord to take his life just by this brief encounter with Jesus. Can you imagine if he were transported into our time? Can you imagine what he would think if you told him that you can receive Our Lord in "Word" and "Sacrament"?
Take care and God Bless.