FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
FEBRUARY 2, 2021
Tuesday – Week Four
PRESENTATION OF JESUS IN THE TEMPLE
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. 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… (Luke 2: 25-33)
How shall I live this Word?
Simeon means “God has heard”, and this man embodies and lives his name. He “listens to the Word of the Lord” and lives a life of “waiting”, with the confident certainty that something would manifest itself. Like all prophets, the Spirit was “upon him”. Simeon is one who listens to and puts God in the first place and is ready to welcome the consolation of Israel. He is the man guided by the Spirit, who in life became sensitive to the voice of God and now recognizes Him by taking Him in his arms. When the disciple is ready, the Master arrives.
Teach me, Lord, to wait for You with patience, trust, and perseverance!
The Voice of Pope Francis Homily 2 February 2014
The feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple is also called the feast of the encounter… And here is the meeting between the Holy Family and these two representatives of the holy people of God. At the center is Jesus. It is He who moves everything, who attracts both to the Temple, which is the home of His Father. … Consecrated life is an encounter with Christ: it is He who comes to us, carried by Mary and Joseph, and it is we who go towards Him, guided by the Holy Spirit. But He is at the center. He moves everything, He draws us to the Temple, to the Church, where we can meet Him, recognize Him, welcome Him, embrace Him. Jesus comes to meet us in the Church through the foundational charism of an Institute.
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