DAILY HOMILY FROM OUR LADY OF GRACE HERMITAGE Glen Allen, VA
Friday, December 29, 2017
December 29 - 4th Day within the Octave of Christmas
+ Today we have one of the most captivating and charming scenes in all of Holy Scripture, the presentation of Jesus in the Temple by his parents, Mary and Joseph, to the righteous and devout man of God who awaited with ardent longing for the consolation of Israel, the coming of the Lord and Messiah to free the people from darkness and sin: and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
Simeon was promised by God that he would not see death until he had seen Christ the Lord. 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 you can 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 own people Israel.” It was one of the most touching scenes imaginable.
A simple, humble man of God – who liked very much to go to temple every day was the one chosen to receive on behalf of all mankind Jesus as the light of the world and the glory of the Father! It was Simeon’s FAITH and hope that allowed him to accomplish this wonderful task; we are assigned the task of bring “Christ the Light of the World and Glory of the Father” to all those we meet every day: we can do this better and better the more we pray each day for an increase of FAITH and HOPE and LOVE!
May we walk in the light today, because our eyes of faith are more opened right now by a simple act of belief that God fulfills all his promises!
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