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February 02, 2021

Presentation of the Lord

Lk 2: 22-32

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.”

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.

God comes in unexpected ways

There was a man I often met when attending daily Mass in the basement chapel of the Gesu Church in Milwaukee. His name was Dennis. His hair and beard were long and his clothes dirty, but the brightness of his near-constant grin was untarnished even by the sorry state of his teeth. Sometimes he asked me for help, and sometimes he just sat with me in the pew as I prayed. One cold December evening, as I knelt in the pew after communion, Dennis tapped me on the shoulder and asked me my jacket size. He had noticed I didn’t have one with me. 

“Dennis, you need a jacket? I can get you a jacket.” I quickly said to him.

“No, no,” he responded, “It’s almost Christmas and I want to get you a jacket. I need someone to give a Christmas present to.”

That day, and many other days, Dennis was my Simeon. He showed me that the saving power of God often comes in the most unexpected forms. It comes through a small, vulnerable child who needs its mother’s protection, and it comes through companionship with the homeless man who wants not money but the dignity of giving a Christmas gift.

In what unexpected ways is God coming to save you today?

Justin Prom, SJ, is a Jesuit scholastic of the Midwest Province studying philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.

 

Prayer

Lord, you come to me every day, and seldom do I recognize you. You are laboring for my salvation every moment of my life. Teach me to see you, to hear you, and to respond to you with my whole heart. Amen.

—Justin Prom, SJ


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February 02, 2021

Presentation of the Lord

Lk 2: 22-32

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.”

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.

God comes in unexpected ways

There was a man I often met when attending daily Mass in the basement chapel of the Gesu Church in Milwaukee. His name was Dennis. His hair and beard were long and his clothes dirty, but the brightness of his near-constant grin was untarnished even by the sorry state of his teeth. Sometimes he asked me for help, and sometimes he just sat with me in the pew as I prayed. One cold December evening, as I knelt in the pew after communion, Dennis tapped me on the shoulder and asked me my jacket size. He had noticed I didn’t have one with me. 

“Dennis, you need a jacket? I can get you a jacket.” I quickly said to him.

“No, no,” he responded, “It’s almost Christmas and I want to get you a jacket. I need someone to give a Christmas present to.”

That day, and many other days, Dennis was my Simeon. He showed me that the saving power of God often comes in the most unexpected forms. It comes through a small, vulnerable child who needs its mother’s protection, and it comes through companionship with the homeless man who wants not money but the dignity of giving a Christmas gift.

In what unexpected ways is God coming to save you today?

Justin Prom, SJ, is a Jesuit scholastic of the Midwest Province studying philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.

 

Prayer

Lord, you come to me every day, and seldom do I recognize you. You are laboring for my salvation every moment of my life. Teach me to see you, to hear you, and to respond to you with my whole heart. Amen.

—Justin Prom, SJ


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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