Thursday 2 February 2017

Thu 2nd. The Presentation of the Lord. Malachi 3:1-4. Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord!—Ps 23(24):7-10. Hebrews 2:14-18. Luke 2:22-40.

Readings

Gratitude for the gift.

Simeon and Anna, faith-filled, wise and respected elders in the community, recognise something extraordinary in the ordinariness of 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? People who appreciate small acts of humanity and still take time to notice the beauty in the everyday?

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.

May we learn from the wisdom of our elders and our hearts overflow with gratitude for life’s rich and surprising gifts.

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