29 “Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; 30 for my eyes have seen your salvation, 31 which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.”
Simeon’s song of joy at meeting the long expected Messiah may be the center piece of this reading, but it also speaks to the presentation of Jesus as the first born son and dedicating him to the Lord, and to the prophesy Simeon gave to Mary “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
All through Advent we waited for and prepared our hearts for the coming of our Lord, and he finally arrived to all of us at Christmas. Now as we celebrate this Christmastide and the artificial sides of “Xmas” are behind us, we look forward to the arrival of the Magi at Epiphany. And yet, even as we celebrate Simeon points us to the cross as the main event of Jesus life: “and a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
So let us always sing with joy for the Lord and Savior who came down as a babe and who’s path led directly from the Manger to the Cross, and then to the empty grave on Easter. Julius Cesar wrote “ I came, I saw, I conquered.” Jesus came, taught, died, and conquered death.
Prayer: Heavenly Father we thank you for the entirety of the gift we celebrate at Christmas – Jesus life, death, and resurrection, all as a gift for our overwhelming sins. Please hear our grateful hearts as we sing your praise. Amen