Baby Jesus is presented in the temple, evoking words of praised from those who recognize God in human form. Fully human and fully divine, we can draw near to the Lord who becomes like us in all things but sin, even as he frees us from sin and death by his saving action on the Cross.
The encounter between Simeon and Mary reveals how our faith in Jesus Christ gives us the grace we need to face the challenges of life today. As Mary endured the “sword of sorrow” that pierced her heart, we can also embraced our struggles with God’s help.
Mary and Joseph faithfully carry out their duty as parents as they present their son in the Temple, and they encounter two people – Simeon and Anna – who foretell the mighty deeds that will be done through this tiny child.
Mary and Joseph present Jesus in the Temple according the law of Moses where Simeon and Anna rejoice to see the savior of the world. Today’s feast invites us to look for the Lord in our lives and respond with a vibrant faith.
As Mary and Joseph present their infant son in the Temple, they encounter Simeon and Anna who give praise to God for the fulfillment of the Lord’s promises – the Messiah has come bringing light into the world! As his disciples may we continue to share this light as we present ourselves for service to God and one another.
The King of Glory comes to Jerusalem, but not in the way that people expect; rather, Mary & Joseph present their baby who is recognized by Simeon and Anna as the the Savior of the world. Simply put, God comes to us in unique and unexpected ways – inviting us to be on the watch for God’s presence in our lives and open to the little ways that the Lord can take our lives and do amazing things.