29 December

Publié le 28 Décembre 2021

Gospel text

(Lk 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.”

 

The Application

 

After celebrating the Nativity of the Lord in solemnity, we prepare for the Feast of the Epiphany, when the world will see and recognise the Saviour in Jesus. In these days of preparation, all that is important for me personally is, first, how I prepare to know Him, and to meet Him. Secondly, on this day, do I recognise the impulse of the Holy Spirit, which pushes me in a totally unknown and unforeseen direction? Do I remain faithful to what He asks me to do?

 

In all this, we will recognise that everything God promised us, He has fully accomplished, and He will complete in me, if I remain faithful to Him, all that He has initiated in me. There I shall stand before my Lord, righteous and upright, in all wonder. Help me Lord, that I may be that Simeon, just and devout, faithful to your love, in prayer and contemplation. That I may remain vigilant, when you call me, I may be ready to move and meet you.

 

Action of the day: Be vigilant
 

“Lord, now let your servant go in peace; your word has been fulfilled: my own eyes have seen the salvation”

 

Fr. Daniel MEYNEN

(Saint Aubain, Namur, Belgium)

 

Today, December 29th, we celebrate the festivity of the saint King David. But, it is actually the entire David's family the Church wants to honor today, and most than all, it most illustrious of them all: Jesus, the Son of God, and Son of David! Today, in this eternal “today” of the Son of God, the Old Alliance of King David's time is executed and fully consummated. For, as today's Gospel narrates, the Child Jesus is presented to the Temple by his parents according to the custom of the old Law: “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.” (Lk 2:22-23).

Today, the old prophecy evanesces to leave the way open for the new one: He, who King David had announced when intoning his Messianic Psalms, has at long last entered into the Temple of God! Today is the great day when he, who St. Luke names Simeon will soon abandon this world of darkness to enter the vision of eternal Light: “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” (Lk 2:29-32).

Also, we, who are God's Shrine, where His Spirit dwells in (cf. 1Cor 3:16), must be alert to receive Jesus in our interior. If today we have the joy of receiving the Holy Communion, let us ask Mary, God's Mother, to advocate for us before her Son: let the old self be taken off and the new self be put on (cf. Col 3:10) so that we can renew our whole being and become the new prophets, who will announce to the whole world the presence of God, thrice saint, Father, God and Holy Spirit!

Let us be, along with Simeon, prophets because of the death of the “old self”! As Saint John Paul II said “The fullness of the Spirit of God is accompanied (…) first of all through that interior availability which comes from faith. The aged Simeon, the ‘righteous and devout man’ upon whom ‘rested the Holy Spirit’, sensed this at the moment of Jesus' presentation in the Temple.”

 

Rédigé par JOHNBOSCO

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