When reflecting on today’s Gospel proclamation, this beautiful lyric came to mind, “Mary did you know that your baby boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb?”. It is not doves or pigeons that were the sacrifice, the true sacrifice was carried in the arms of St. Joseph and the Blessed Mother; the little baby nestled comfortably was the eternal king, now groomed to be God’s chosen sacrifice, the light of the nations, the reason for the season. We need to realise that every human being matters in God’s greater plan. The Blessed Mother in her times would hardly have mattered to society, but in the society of God’s Kingdom she mattered immensely. Therefore, none should be discredited. Today’s passage also reveals what transpires when we are surrendered to the Holy Spirit. Like Simeon who held on to the promise revealed to him, we do not know when we will see the fulfillment of God’s promises. At the right time Simeon was moved to be at the right place to welcome the Prince of Peace, who brings joy to the world.
Prayer: Abba Father, fill me with your Spirit so that I may be a blessing to the world. Amen.