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December 29, 2017

St. Thomas Becket

Lk 2: 22-35

When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord”), and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.

Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying,“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, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.”

And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother 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.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 

Emmanuel is with us

Today's gospel from St. Luke contains the account of Christ's Presentation in the Jerusalem temple by his parents.  We also read of the appearance of the venerable old man Simeon who, after long years of prayer, finally holds in his arms the infant Christ.  We can be sure that the faith, love and messianic hopes of Simeon had been purified by this journey of many years.  We can learn from his persevering prayer.

After blessing Mary and Joseph, Simeon speaks directly to Mary: "Sorrow, like a sharp sword, will break your heart." The little family then returned to their hometown of Nazareth where "the Child grew and became strong...full of wisdom...with God's blessing upon him." 

These events are enriched by many biblical themes going back centuries.  To join our own prayer to that of this unique company is both a challenge and an invitation.  The future can never be the same for us, for Emmanuel is truly with us, now and forever.

—Fr. Walter J. Stohrer, SJ, is a member of the St. Camillus Jesuit Community in Wauwatosa, WI.

 

Prayer

Immanuel 
Our God is with us

And if God is with us
Who could stand against us
Our God is with us
Immanuel

 —Refrain of Immanuel by Michael Card, © 1986 Birdwing Music and Mole End Music


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December 29, 2017

St. Thomas Becket

Lk 2: 22-35

When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord”), and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.

Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying,“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, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.”

And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother 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.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 

Emmanuel is with us

Today's gospel from St. Luke contains the account of Christ's Presentation in the Jerusalem temple by his parents.  We also read of the appearance of the venerable old man Simeon who, after long years of prayer, finally holds in his arms the infant Christ.  We can be sure that the faith, love and messianic hopes of Simeon had been purified by this journey of many years.  We can learn from his persevering prayer.

After blessing Mary and Joseph, Simeon speaks directly to Mary: "Sorrow, like a sharp sword, will break your heart." The little family then returned to their hometown of Nazareth where "the Child grew and became strong...full of wisdom...with God's blessing upon him." 

These events are enriched by many biblical themes going back centuries.  To join our own prayer to that of this unique company is both a challenge and an invitation.  The future can never be the same for us, for Emmanuel is truly with us, now and forever.

—Fr. Walter J. Stohrer, SJ, is a member of the St. Camillus Jesuit Community in Wauwatosa, WI.

 

Prayer

Immanuel 
Our God is with us

And if God is with us
Who could stand against us
Our God is with us
Immanuel

 —Refrain of Immanuel by Michael Card, © 1986 Birdwing Music and Mole End Music


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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