"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 received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar.” (Hebr 11:13)

Today I’m reflecting on the “righteousness and devotion” of this waiting, this longing, which blesses this “cloud of witnesses,” together with St. Simeon, even before the fulfilment in Christ. This “looking forward to the consolation” is apparently essential to meeting Christ, and already a blessing in and of itself. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,” says the Lord, “for they shall be filled.” (Mt 5:6)

So today let me direct my desires and hopes toward Light, directing my vision toward Christ, in His Spirit-filled word. He has come, indeed, to meet me. So let me let Him make that meeting happen, in the temple of everything He sends into my life today.

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