Meditation for the Day

The Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas, December 29

May We Always Walk in the Footsteps of Jesus Christ, Always Keeping Our Eyes Focused on His Light, Always Living and Embracing His Commandments in Our Daily Lives.

If we are quiet and listen carefully, it is almost as though we can hear the words of Simeon echoing in the background at the entrance to the Temple, “…my own eyes have seen the salvation which you prepared in the sight of every people, a light to reveal you to the nations and the glory of your people Israel.” – words which we heard in this past Sunday’s Gospel Reading.

When Mary and Joseph presented the Child Jesus in the Temple, Simeon immediately recognized the Lord’s Presence. Through eyes of faith and filled with the Holy Spirit, he proceeded to proclaim the Infant Jesus as the fulfillment of the Messianic prophecies, hopes, and prayers of the people of Israel! – a hymn of praise known as the Canticle of Simeon.

Through Divine inspiration, he prophesied that Jesus was to be a revealing light to the Gentiles, for Jesus came not only as “light and salvation” for the people of Israel, but for all nations as well.

And then, he turns to Mary and quietly says, “…this child is destined for the fall and rise of many…and to be a sign that will be contradicted…”

I cannot even imagine what must have gone through the mind of our Blessed Mother upon hearing Simeon speak these next words, “…and you yourself a sword will pierce so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

And on Good Friday we will read, “Standing by the cross of Jesus [was] his mother…”

Two quotes, the first from today’s Gospel, the second from the Gospel of John – the former, a prophecy of prediction; the latter, an act of fulfillment.

And yet, throughout Mary’s life, giving birth to the Eternal Word made flesh, watching her Son grow and mature, being witness to His teachings and His miracles, and ultimately standing on that fateful day at the foot of His Cross watching her Son endure unbelievable suffering to the point of His own death – she never lost heart, she never lost the faith and love which she held deeply within herself for her God – even with her heart pierced with grief.

And that is what our First Reading today is all about – remaining in God’s Light, remaining steadfast in the faith – as we read in John’s First Letter:

“The way we may be sure that we know Jesus is to keep his commandments…This is the way we may know that we are in union with him: whoever claims to abide in him ought to walk just as he walked.” And he goes on to say, “Whoever loves his brother remains in the light, and there is nothing in him to cause a fall.”

Jesus is the True Light, who came unto His own, to scatter away the hatred and darkness of sin among peoples of every race, of every color and nationality throughout the world. Even in the life of Simeon, he had waited all his life, even to an old age, for Jesus’ coming, and he never ceased trusting that God would be faithful in His promise of a Redeemer.

At last, the Child came in the arms of His parents for consecration to the Lord, as the Mosaic Law prescribed. And Simeon gave thanks, “Lord, now let your servant go in peace; your word has been fulfilled…”

For all the years that Simeon waited, he never lost hope; he never lost faith, always keeping his eyes focused on God’s promise, which became that Divine spark which guided his heart.

Simeon’s trust in the Lord was not diminished by age, just as Mary’s joy was not diminished by her future sorrows, for both Simeon and Mary were fueled by their faith, hope, and trust in God and His promises.

As long as we walk in the footsteps of Christ, always keeping our eyes focused on His Light, always living and embracing His Commandments in our daily lives, then no one will take our joy from us!

For our joy is the gift of knowing that Jesus Christ is truly our dearest, closest and most intimate Friend and Brother, who only wishes to give to each of us, one day, the lasting crown of eternal life and a joy which shall never fade!

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Please Comment, Like and Share, and Suggest to your Facebook friends – to spread the message of God’s Merciful Love.

Por favor Comente, Le Gusta y Comparta, y Sugiera a tus amigos en Facebook – en difundir el mensaje del Misericordioso Amor de Dios.

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Scripture for the Day

  • “Lord, now let your servant go in peace; your word has been fulfilled: my own eyes have seen the salvation which you prepared in the sight of every people, a light to reveal you to the nations and the glory of your people Israel.” (Luke 2:29-32)
  • “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.” (Luke 2:34b-35)
  • “All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race” (John 1:3-4)
  • “The way we may be sure that we know Jesus is to keep his commandments…This is the way we may know that we are in union with him: whoever claims to abide in him ought to walk just as he walked.” (1 John 2:3, 5b-6)
  • “Whoever loves his brother remains in the light, and there is nothing in him to cause a fall.” (1 John 2:10)
  • “For with you is the fountain of life, and in your light we see light.” (Psalm 36:10)
  • “But you are ‘a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises’ of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9)
  • “The LORD is my light and my salvation.” (Psalm 27:1a)
  • “So, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in him, rooted in him and built upon him and established in the faith as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” (Colossians 2:6-7)
  • “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12bc)

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Prayer for the Day

“Almighty God, You who are the Light of the world,
grant us Your Heavenly blessing.
May the radiance of Your Light
illumine our hearts and strengthen our faith,
brightening our souls with the spirit of faith and love.

“Let the Light of Your Presence always guide us,
so that we may never walk alone,
for in Your Light do we see light.
Bless us also with Your Spirit,
that happiness and peace may ever abide in all men. Amen.”

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