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REFLECTION

Luke 2:22-40 [or 2:22-32)

 

When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took Jesus up to Jerusalem to present Him to 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: “Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in sight of all the peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for 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.” There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four… And coming forward at that very time, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the Child to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem. When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions of the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The Child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon Him.

 

REFLECTION

 

A LIGHT FOR REVELATION TO THE GENTILES. The Presentation, in a sense, is a feast of thanksgiving and a celebration of the gift of life — the gift of Jesus not only to His parents but also to the whole of humanity. Simeon and Anna have been eagerly waiting for this moment, and now it has finally come! The long-awaited “light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for… Israel” has been made manifest. The time of waiting has ended. Hence, the great joy and deep gratitude that these two elders feel.

Mary and Joseph consecrate Jesus to God, the author of life and giver of all gifts. Their act celebrates the sacredness of life.

Human life is sacred, and every person ought to be consecrated to God who is life’s origin.

 

SOURCE: “365 Days with the Lord 2018,” ST. PAULS Philippines, 7708 St. Paul Rd., SAV, Makati City (Phils.); Tel.: 895-9701; Fax 895-7328; E-mail: books@stpauls.ph; Website: http://www.stpauls.ph.

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