FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time
FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF JESUS
February 2, 2020
WORD of the DAY
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 Messiah of the Lord. (Luke 2: 25-26)
How shall I live this Word?
Luke the evangelist presents us with the figure of a man whose justice still has something to say to us. This is Simeon who is willingly in the Temple of God waiting for what the great prophets of the Old Testament had come to announce what God had shown them in vision or dream. A plan of salvation for all humanity had come to open horizons of hope in the hearts of those people who had become ever more attentive to the Word of God, ready – with His consent – to reveal it for the good of all men and women. Yes, Simeon is one of the figures also today. First of all he is a just man. Is not justice the basis, in a certain sense the foundation of a life of true humanity? Simeon was illumined from above because he was a heart totally open to the realization of what, in the light of the Holy Spirit, had been revealed to him.
Lord, how much beauty in this figure of Simeon! May our heart also be a living temple where, with short but frequent prayer pauses, we live our days. Thus the work itself acquires the splendor of the gift to God in receiving His fullness of light and grace.
The voice of the Roman Martyrology
Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, called ‘Ipapánte’ by the Greeks: forty days after the Lord’s birth, Jesus was brought by Mary and Joseph to the Temple, to fulfill the Mosaic law, and above all, to meet His believing and exultant people, light to illuminate the people and glory of His people Israel!
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