Reflection for the Eve of the Presentation

Simeon took Jesus up in his arms and blessed God and said,

"Lord, you now have set your servant free *
to go in peace as you have promised;
For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, *
whom you have prepared for all the world to see:
A Light to enlighten the nations, *
and the glory of your people Israel."

Simeon’s joy is full of the hope of Gospel. He knows that he will not see the complete fulfillment of the promise of salvation in his lifetime. Instead he holds it in his arms. He is offered the blessing to cradle Jesus, the young God the Son of God in his arms. He holds the full hope of all the world, the fulfillment of all who seek the truth, and gazes at the face of the love of God his savior. 

Tomorrow, the feast of the presentation, let us remember that we too are offered a chance to behold and see the face of Christ as we worship him. Let us remember that we cradle him in our heart as we receive him in prayer, word, and sacrament. 

Having worshiped him and been filled with the love of God, let us follow, and make known the light of all nations and peoples. With the love of God empowering us we are able to follow him in word and action, by words and acts of love. 

By God’s grace, and through our work, may all be set free to say “these eye of mine have seen the Savior”