Dear Parish Family:
“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.”
These are the words of Simeon, spoken in the longer form of today’s Gospel reading. It had been revealed to Simeon by the Holy Spirit that he would not die until he had seen the Christ. Legend suggests that Simeon was advanced in years well beyond the mortal span when he did finally behold Christ. Having seen the fulfillment of that promise, he was prepared to depart this world for the glory of the next.
Let us never take for granted what Simeon waited more than a lifetime to see. Every day at Mass we have the opportunity to see precisely what Simeon saw… we have the opportunity to see daily what for the righteous and devout Simeone was the culmination of a lifetime of prayer and dedication.
When Father elevates the host at Mass, we see Christ. He is present Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity in the Blessed Sacrament. We should encounter Our Lord in the Eucharist in the same way that Simeon encounter the baby Jesus: with joy and by blessing God. It is through God’s love that Simeon recognized the baby Jesus as the Christ and it is that same love that drives us to seek Christ and to know that Our Lord is truly present in the Blessed Sacrament at Mass.