Seeing Jesus

Daily reading: Luke 2:22-40
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

In their waiting, Simeon and Anna were able to recognize the holy family.  And we may wonder what have Simeon and Anna really seen?  A baby, who has not yet done anything, he has not accomplished anything, he has not spoken yet or performed a miracle?

Yet Simeon is ready to die, right now, not in 30 years when Jesus will emerge on the scene.  Anna is already old in age and will not see or even hear Jesus speak of this new Kingdom they are praying for to come.  In fact, most of the characters we see at the birth will have long been gone by Jesus emerges some thirty years later. 
Simeon first praised God as he held the baby in his arms, surely warming the hearts of Mary and Joseph.  But then he says something to them that sets the stage for the rest of Jesus’ earthly life, words that I am not sure we want to hear when our baby is only eight days old.  He says “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.”
Simeon recognizes that this is no ordinary baby. And he speaks the words that we all are thinking, that the road that Jesus is on will lead to the cross.  And while we may want to reserve that journey for Holy Week and Good Friday, it is present here in the beginning of Luke.

Prayer: Patient God, help me to allow Your presence to work within me, so that I can grow in faithfulness.  Amen.


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