Jesus Presented at the Temple
And 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 male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said 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, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,
“Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace,
according to your word;
for my eyes have seen your salvation
that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and for glory to your people Israel.”
His father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.” (Luke 2:22-35)
Like last week, we find ourselves in the Gospel of Luke for this week’s Gospel meditation. This time, I want you to imagine that you are Simeon in the scene above. You are old and have waited all your life for God to show you the promised Messiah.
Often you wondered why God promised you personally that you would see the Messiah with your own eyes before you die. But all the while you kept the faith of that inner knowing that had to do with the timing of it all. In the great scheme of creation, you would be there to see the Messiah, the Christed One, with your own eyes.
On this day, which started like any other day, you find yourself on the busy road leading up to the temple. Most people are heading in the same direction. You are looking straight ahead when you see a young family. Your heart skips a beat as you watch the young couple making their way to the temple to consecrate their firstborn. Could it be? You hasten your step to catch up with them.
As you approach the couple, you are keen to catch a glimpse of the face of the swaddled baby. He is sleeping peacefully in his mother’s arms but as you lean in to take a closer look, he opens his eyes and you see.
What do you see? This is the great mystery – God’s greatest joy and man’s deepest peace. Can words even begin to describe what you see? And yet you know – the promise has been fulfilled. Your heart is at peace.
You look up and smile at Mary and Joseph. Your heart is overflowing with God’s love as you bless them.
Can you feel what’s like to have been so fully seen by the High One?
Vision and Intuition
Simeon had a direct link to Holy Spirit wisdom which enabled personal revelation. He didn’t have to rely on an intermediary priesthood or the Scriptures alone for communication with the Lord. This was because of his faith and just like in the case of Abraham, his faith accounted for him being described as ‘righteous.’
Questions to Contemplate
- Do I have faith that God communicates directly with me?
- What is my relationship with the Holy Spirit?
- When I receive revelation, do I hold fast to it or do I doubt it?
- How can I nurture my intuition this week?
In His Love