If someone tells us that he knows about our future, I am sure we would be interested and curious. Yet at the same time, knowledge about our future would also cause us to be anxious and tensed. But the revelation of who Jesus is also a revelation of who we are. We are to be the light which will enlighten others, yet we are also to be the sign that is going to be opposed by others.
In Luke 2:22-40 gospel passage, we hear about the revelation announced by Simeon. For Simeon, he was a blessed man because the peace that he was longing for was now his. But for Mary and Joseph, it may be quite the opposite, and it was beyond their understanding.
22 When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”), 24 and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.”
25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you may now dismiss your servant in peace.
30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,
31 which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and the glory of your people Israel.”
33 The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him.34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
36 There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. 38 Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.
39 When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth. 40 And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him. Luke 2:22-40 (New International Version – NIV)
Simeon revealed Jesus as the light, not just to the Jews, but to the whole world. He will make and break many of His own people.
This revelation was not comforting at all, knowing that the baby in their arms was to become a sign that is opposed by those that do not want this revelation.
We are called to shine out the light of Christ, even though the world may prefer to live in darkness. That is what we are called to be, that is our future, and blessed are we when we continue to focus and walk in the light.
Peace and Joy
Written by Rev. Fr. Courage Dogbey
Prayer (Enlighten Others)
Help us Lord in this journey of life to be a light to those around as and the whole world. Help us to enlighten others in Your word and goodness in Jesus name. Amen