Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

“Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in the light of all the peoples: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people, Israel.”

This “Nunc Dimittis” is part of the church’s night prayer. It is the last prayer I say before going to bed. How blessed we are, Lord, to have your Word and to witness our salvation through it.

Before you came, all the world was waiting. Now, too, we are waiting, but we know you in a way the Israelites had never understood, because you came as one of us, a helpless baby, and yet almighty.

Simeon sang out his joy at this fulfillment. I have always pictured you in his arms, perhaps tugging at his beard, the Infant and the old man. As soon as you entered, your Spirit revealed you to him.

When we hold the Host in our hands, we are like Simeon, cradling our very salvation, the “light of all the peoples.” Your Spirit reveals you to us in a way our senses cannot experience. You, yourself, enter us, as you entered Mary’s womb, as Flesh. We see your face and live! Let me contemplate that.

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