On Sunday we commemorate a historical event. Mary and Joseph took Jesus to the temple to present him to God and offer the prescribed sacrifice. They were a young couple performing the rituals and obeying religious laws. Imagine the surprise and bewilderment to be met by Simeon saying. “..my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in the sight of all the peoples: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory of your people Israel.” And to have the prophetess Anna give thanks and want to tell everyone about this child. No wonder Luke says Mary pondered all these things in her heart.
What does this have to do with you and me today? In the sacrament of Baptism we bring our children to church to present them to God and to receive the blessing and welcome them into the body of Christ, the family of the Church. We perform the rituals and obey religious laws. Is this the end of the similarities?
Are we each being called to be Simeon or Anna? Are we open to being led by the Spirit? Do we look for the Christ in all we live with, work with, or meet on the street? Jesus said, “I am with you always.” “Whatever you do to the least, you do unto me.” Perhaps this day gives each of us an opportunity to rededicate ourselves to God. I want to recommit myself to looking for the Christ in others. I hope this week I can be more aware of the Spirit moving in my life. I hope and pray you can too.
Jan Ginzkey, OSB