Advent Reflection #29
Simeon had waited a long time to meet the Messiah. He trusted in God’s promise to him that he would not die before meeting the Messiah. Simeon, in many ways, is a microcosm of Israel, except that as long as he waited, Israel waited far longer.
When the baby Jesus did come near, Simeon wasted no time. He held Jesus in his arms and praised God. He knew that his life was coming near an end, as was Israel’s wait. More than that, Simeon recognized what many in Israel did not. The Messiah would be hope and deliverance for all people, even Gentiles. Read again Simeon’s words of praise.
“Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people.”
Hope is hear. Love is hear. Salvation is here. For all people. Praise be to God. Today try to receive the baby Jesus in the same way that Simeon did.
Thank you Lord, for bringing salvation unto your people.