Good News for the Day, December 29, 2017
The Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas (202)
When it was time for ritual cleansing—to obey the law of Moses—the parents of Jesus took him up to Jerusalem to offer him to the Lord—according to the directions 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—again—to obey the rule in the law of the Lord. At that time, there lived a man, Simeon, in Jerusalem. This man—good and devout—was awaiting the relief of Israel; the sacred spirit was part of him. It had been revealed to him by the same sacred spirit that he would not see death until he saw the Messiah of the Lord. He came in the spirit into the place of prayer; and when the parents brought the child Jesus there to perform the custom of the law in regard to him, Simeon took him into his arms and thanked God, saying: “Lord, let your servant go in peace now; your word has been fulfilled: my own eyes have seen the salvation which you have arranged in the sight of every nation a light to reveal You to the rest of the world and be the significant glory of your people Israel.” The child’s father and mother were surprised at what was being said about him; Simeon blessed them, though, and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is fated to be involved in the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be divisive (while you yourself will suffer a stab wound to the heart) so that the hidden currents of many hearts may be revealed.” (Luke 2)
This short film portrays a miraculous moment, an astonishing insight from a devout man, waiting for the Messiah. He recognizes Jesus; he prophesies the future and that of His mother. His parents are surprised. His predictions are not happy ones—that the boy will be divisive; the mother will get hurt! How does this remote, long, long ago, and peculiar incident pertain to you and your life today—here and now?
You and I can, with God’s spirit, discern the future. You can reflect on the threads, rules, and habits you live by and foresee. It may take years, or a retreat, or a remark by some insightful friend or enemy. Suddenly it becomes clear where God is leading you—or the dangerous way you’re heading. You are a Simeon waiting for your future fulfillment—your Messiah! Wait, be “good and devout,” and you will see your future’s pain and glory You are Simeon—you just need to become more so.