December 29 2021 Gospel Reading and Reflection: Luke 2:22-35

A reading from the gospel according to Luke 2:22-35

22 When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord,
23 just as it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord,
24 and to offer the sacrifice of a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons, in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord.
25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, awaiting the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Christ of the Lord.
27 He came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform the custom of the law in regard to him,
28 He took him into his arms and blessed God, saying:
29 “Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word,
30 for my eyes have seen your salvation,
31 which you prepared in sight of all the peoples,
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel.”
33 The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him;
34 and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted
35 and you yourself a sword will pierce so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

Reflection: The greatest gift

Many people, especially children, anticipate the Christmas season because of Santa Claus. They look forward to receiving gifts and when they don’t receive the gifts they like, they are disappointed. Yet Santa Claus was not even mentioned in all of the four gospels. It is indeed a pity that nowadays, Santa Claus has become the most important symbol of the season.

In the gospel reading above, an obscure person in the name of Simeon catches our attention. His physical or social description is not given but his inward attributes is very clear. He was righteous and devout. Three times, the text mentions that the Holy Spirit was with him. Therefore we can say that he was a dedicated Jew who faithfully waited for God to fulfill His promise within his lifetime. And God did fulfill it. For indeed, He is God who keeps His promises!

God’s promise of sending a Messiah was fulfilled on Christmas day. This is the greatest gift that every man can ever receive. For Simeon, he held the gift in his arms and with great delight he exclaimed a few lines of wonderful words of praise.

We may not be as blessed as Simeon but let us look up to Jesus as our greatest gift not only during Christmas season but throughout the year. As we party and enjoy exchanging gifts, let us we never lose sight of the gift of salvation. Instead of waiting for Santa Claus to come by, let us be the Santa Claus to the poor and the needy.

Gospel Reading and Reflection for December 29, 2021
Gospel Reading and Reflection for December 29, 2021

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