Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/122915.cfm
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.”
Many people knew Jesus before He spoke or performed any miracles. They knew Him because they knew the Word of God. The same word that we have handed down to us, but we see Jesus revealed. So why do so many people have a problem believing and following Him now? His word has not changed, He has brought mercy and forgiveness into this world in a way never revealed before. What do you believe? Who do you believe? If not the Word of God, then what? There is no other truth.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for revealing your word to me. May I always do as you teach and live as Jesus lived, with love and mercy. In His holy name, Amen.
Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!