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Luke 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."

Luke 2:22-35
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    • The Holy Spirit ‘rested on’ Simeon. Is my heart at peace and open, or am I so full of problems and requests that I have no resting space for the Spirit?
    • Simeon ‘praised God’. Praise is a particularly joyful form of prayer. There are so many things for which I can praise God, not least the wonder of my own being.
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    • Whether we rise or fall depends on us. Once having known Jesus, there should be no halfway house. We can embrace him or resist him. As followers of a man who always said ‘Yes’ to God, we cannot say ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ at the same time.
    • Lord, in Simeon I see hope richly rewarded. The years of waiting did not blunt the edge of his faith. His hope and yearning kept him alive to the promptings of God, ready to hear it when it came. Grant that I may learn from him.
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    • I watch Mary carefully handing over Jesus into Simeon’s arms. I see the delight on the old man’s face. The consolation he had waited for has come. Simeon hands the child back to me, and I ask that I may recognize in Jesus the consolation I need.
    • Simeon predicts how much Mary will suffer when people become divided about her son. She is shocked, and I sit with her to comfort her. Perhaps I bring some water. Then she puts the child in my arms. There is no need for words.
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    • At the Presentation in the Temple, Mary and Joseph made /the Offering of the Poor / -- two pigeons instead of the lamb which was the offering of the better-off. They met Simeon, one of /the Quiet in the Land,/ Jews who awaited God's coming to his people in a spirit of prayer and quiet watchfulness, rather than the expectation of a triumphant warlord. In my prayer I join Mary in listening to Simeon's lovely but loaded message.
    • Modern minds find the notion of 'purification' very strange. To the Israelite mind certain profane and sacred things, including childbirth, possessed mysterious qualities that communicated themselves to anyone who came in contact with them, and set such people in a class apart from the ordinary. In order to return to the everyday world and activity, such people had to be 'purified.' While such an attitude reflects a primitive mentality, the legislation surrounding purification did set the Israelites apart from other nations and gave them a greater sense of their own identity.
    • As I meditate on the story of the Presentation in the Temple, I let God speak to me especially through the words of Simeon.
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    • At the Presentation in the Temple, Mary and Joseph made /the Offering of the Poor / -- two pigeons instead of the lamb which was the offering of the better-off. They met Simeon, one of /the Quiet in the Land,/ Jews who awaited God's coming to his people in a spirit of prayer and quiet watchfulness, rather than the expectation of a triumphant warlord. In my prayer I join Mary in listening to Simeon's lovely but loaded message.
    • Modern minds find the notion of 'purification' very strange. To the Israelite mind certain profane and sacred things, including childbirth, possessed mysterious qualities that communicated themselves to anyone who came in contact with them, and set such people in a class apart from the ordinary. In order to return to the everyday world and activity, such people had to be 'purified.' While such an attitude reflects a primitive mentality, the legislation surrounding purification did set the Israelites apart from other nations and gave them a greater sense of their own identity.
    • As I meditate on the story of the Presentation in the Temple, I let God speak to me especially through the words of Simeon.
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    • At the Presentation in the Temple, Mary and Joseph made /the Offering of the Poor / -- two pigeons instead of the lamb which was the offering of the better-off. They met Simeon, one of /the Quiet in the Land,/ Jews who awaited God's coming to his people in a spirit of prayer and quiet watchfulness, rather than the expectation of a triumphant warlord. In my prayer I join Mary in listening to Simeon's lovely but loaded message.
    • Modern minds find the notion of 'purification' very strange. To the Israelite mind certain profane and sacred things, including childbirth, possessed mysterious qualities that communicated themselves to anyone who came in contact with them, and set such people in a class apart from the ordinary. In order to return to the everyday world and activity, such people had to be 'purified.' While such an attitude reflects a primitive mentality, the legislation surrounding purification did set the Israelites apart from other nations and gave them a greater sense of their own identity.
    • As I meditate on the story of the Presentation in the Temple, I let God speak to me especially through the words of Simeon.