Saturday 2 February 2019
The Presentation of The Lord.
Malachi 3:1-4. Psalm 23(24):7-10. Hebrews 2:14-18. Luke 2:22-40.
Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord! – Psalm 23(24):7-10.
‘My eyes have seen your salvation.’
Simeon and Anna are faith-filled, wise and respected elders in the community who recognise something extraordinary in Jesus and his family. They bestow blessings and share wonder and joy at witnessing the Messiah. How do we value our elders, those wise souls who have experienced life’s many changes and challenges, who have learnt about waiting with patience and discernment?
In spite of their age, the response of Simeon and Anna to Jesus’ presence seems child-like in its radiant, uninhibited joy. Theirs is not a tired cynicism wearied by a lifetime of waiting for a promise to be fulfilled. It is an enthusiastic, effusive excitement in praise of the gift of God’s son.