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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying, ‘Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.’” (Lk 2: 27-32)

Today, on the great feast of the Meeting of the Lord (OC), we’re celebrating an encounter of the Lord with an old man, Simeon, who allowed himself to be “guided by the Spirit.” The Holy Spirit guided him to “come into the temple” and to “see” with his own eyes, and embrace in his arms, a Child and the “salvation” He is bringing. The...

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying, ‘Now you are dismissing your servant in peace, O Master, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.’” (Lk 2: 25-32)

Three things surprise me about St. Simeon, for...

Thursday, February 2, 2017

“…Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying, ‘Now you are dismissing your servant in peace, O Master, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.” (Lk 2: 27-32)

The hymns and prayers of the feast of The Presentation/Meeting of the Lord, celebrated today according to the “New” Calendar, make a big deal of Simeon “seeing” the Lord as Simeon did. The elder saw the child physically, with his eyes, and also recognized and accepted Him in his heart, as the Saviour of all peoples: “My eyes have...

Friday, April 29, 2016

Then Pilate took Jesus and scourged him. And the soldiers plaited a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and arrayed him in a purple robe; they came up to him, saying, ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’ and struck him with their hands. Pilate went out again, and said to them, ‘See, I am bringing him out to you, that you may know that I find no crime in him.’ So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, ‘Behold the man!’ When the chief priests and the officers saw him, they cried out, ‘Crucify him, crucify him!’ Pilate said to them, ‘Take him yourselves and crucify him, for I find no crime in him.’” (Jn 19: 1-6)

 

Today Christ is “shown” by Pilate to the crowd, like a spectacle. He has been brutally scourged, beaten, and “crowned” with a crown of thorns...

Monday, February 15, 2016

 

Simeon took him (Jesus) in his arms and praised God, saying, ‘Now you are dismissing your servant, Master, in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.’” (Lk 2: 28-32)

 

This particular moment in Salvation History, this particular “Now,” is a celebration of Simoen “seeing” Christ, with his own two eyes. It is a celebration of the gift of His physical presence among us, and all its grace-filled consequences: “Now,” because of the Great Fact of His incarnation, we can embrace Him and behold Him, not only “spiritually” but also physically, in wholesome communion with Him.

 

Indeed “salvation,” in Christ, is now present and active in my ph...

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

 

…and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying, ‘Master, now you are dismissing (ἀπολύεις, releasing) your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.’ And the child’s father and mother wondered (θαυμάζοντες) at all that was said about him.” (Lk 2: 27-33)

 

Two things are happening in this passage: 1. Wonder and 2. Surrender. On the one hand, St. Simeon is filled with wonder, seeing this Child and His “parents.” So Simeon takes Christ in His arms and “praises God,” proclaiming his famous prophecy – a prophecy not only abou...

Monday, February 1, 2016

 


"Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to (προσδεχόμενος) the consolation (παράκλησιν) of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus…” (Lk 2: 25-27)

 

So Simeon did all this “waiting.” Not just waiting, but expecting and longing in hope, in faith, for The Expectation (προσδοκία), as the Messiah was often referred to in Tradition. Because faith, as Hebrews 11 reminds me, “is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of ‘things not seen.’” (Hebr 11.1) And many saints before Simeon “died in faith, not having...

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