DEAR my friends, here is the Gospel for us today according to St. Luke 2:22-35
When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, just as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord,” and to offer the sacrifice of “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons,” in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord. Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon.
This man was righteous and devout, awaiting the consolation of Israel, and the holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Messiah of the Lord. He came in the Spirit into the Temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform the custom of the law in regard to him, he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying:
“Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in sight of all the peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel.” The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted (and you yourself a sword will pierce) so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ.
Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, I long to abide in your presence. You refresh my soul and fill me with your light, although I don’t turn to you often enough or exercise enough faith when I do remember you. But here I am now, Lord, ready to spend a few precious moments with you in the room of my heart. I want to pick up more readily on the inspirations of your Spirit. I want to be a docile instrument in your hands to serve you and your Church.
Petition: Lord, teach me to be open to your Spirit.
From the Gospel today, let’s learn from Simeon, a man of the Spirit who encounters Jesus, the Child. In the Gospel today, St. Luke tells us three times in this short passage that Simeon is a man of the spirit.
He is a man who is attentive to the Holy Spirit. The “Holy Spirit was upon him” since “it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Messiah of the Lord.” He was in conversation with the Spirit and learned to listen to his holy inspirations. Simeon’s life is not only inspired, but also powerfully moved by the Spirit.
From the Gospel we know that many times Jesus Christ’s life moved by the Spirit. For example, Jesus Christ came to be baptized by John and subsequently to be “driven by the Spirit” into the desert. “And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan, and was led in the Spirit in the wilderness” (Luke 4:1).
In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, we take a moment in our meditation to admire Simeon and Jesus Christ who lent themselves totally to the movements of the Spirit. Maybe we have also experienced this in our own lives. Let’s bring silence into our hearts that we can listen the voice of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, there are so many from the noise of so many worldly voices trying to drown out the voice of the Holy Spirit. You have sent him so that we might not be alone. May he always accompany us in lives, and may he always remind us of the many things you did and said, as you lead us to the Father’s house. May we spend the day attentive to the Holy Spirit in Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, forever and ever. Amen.
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