In Jerusalem there lived a just and godly man named Simeon, who awaited the salvation of Israel. The Holy Spirit rested in him and had revealed to him that he would not die before he saw the Lord’s Anointed. Simeon went to the temple, led by the Spirit. And when the parents of the child Jesus took him to the temple to comply with the provisions of the law, he took the child in his arms and blessed God. (Luke 2: 25-28)
Despite his long life, Simeon still had one wish to fulfill: to see the Messiah announced, just as God had promised him. How much that promise will have treasured!
When the day came, the Holy Spirit led Simeon to the temple where a young family was going to worship and offer sacrifice. There was nothing extraordinary about them. However, Simeon recognized the child: Jesus, the Messiah, his Savior! And he took him in his arms and blessed God.
He was holding in his arms the incarnate God, the desire of his whole life, and that was enough. From his heart came the words that we know today as the Song of Simeon.
There are times when I too wish I could hold Jesus in my arms. Sometimes it is difficult to love an invisible God, whose voice we do not hear with our ears and whose face we have never seen. But the Holy Spirit keeps us faithful and full of faith.
Perhaps that is one reason why God offers himself to us in body and blood: so that we can touch and taste him. God knows that, like Simeon, we need to see, touch, and taste the Christ. And that is why he shares his salvation with us, both in spirit and in body. Our whole being has been redeemed by the death and resurrection of Christ. One day, Job’s words will come true for each of us:
“I know that my Redeemer lives,
and that in the end he will rise from the dust.
I also know that I have to contemplate God,
even when the grave destroys my body.
I myself will be the one who sees it,
and I will see it with my own eyes,
even though inside I am already fainting. ”( Job 19: 25-27 )
PRAYER: Dear Lord, I belong to you body and soul. Strengthen my faith until eternity. Amen