SATURDAY OF THE 5TH DAY WITHIN THE OCTAVE OF CHRISTMAS
THEME: THE PRESENTATION OF THE LORD …..”Now, O Lord, you can dismiss your servant in peace, for my eyes have seen your salvation”
BY: Fr. Daniel MEYNEN
HOMILY: Today, December 29th, we celebrate the festivity of the saint King David. But, it is actually the entire David’s family the Church wants to honour today, and most than all, it most illustrious of them all: Jesus, the Son of God, and Son of David! Today, in this eternal “today” of the Son of God, the Old Alliance of King David’s time is executed and fully consummated. For, as today’s Gospel narrates, the Child Jesus is presented to the Temple by his parents according to the custom of the old Law: «When the day came for the purification according to the law of Moses, they brought the baby up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, as it is written in the law of the Lord: ‘Every firstborn male shall be consecrated to God’» (Lk 2:22-23).
Today, the old prophecy evanesces to leave the way open for the new one: He, who King David had announced when intoning his Messianic Psalms, has at long last entered into the Temple of God! Today is the great day when he, who St. Luke names Simeon will soon abandon this world of darkness to enter the vision of eternal Light: «Now, O Lord, you can dismiss your servant in peace, for you have fulfilled your word and my eyes have seen your salvation, which you display for all the people to see» (Lk 2:29-32).
We too, who are God’s Shrine, where His Spirit dwells in (cf. 1Cor 3:16), must be alert to receive Jesus in our interior. If today we have the joy of receiving the Holy Communion, let us ask Mary, God’s Mother, to advocate for us before her Son: let the old self be taken off and the new self be put on (cf. Col 3:10) so that we can renew our whole being and become the new prophets, who will announce to the whole world the presence of God, thrice saint, Father, God and Holy Spirit!
Let us be, along with Simeon, prophets because of the death of the “old self”! As John Paul II said «The fullness of the Spirit of God is accompanied (…) first of all through that interior availability which comes from faith. The aged Simeon, the ‘righteous and devout man’ upon whom ‘rested the Holy Spirit’, sensed this at the moment of Jesus’ presentation in the Temple».
Fr. Daniel MEYNEN (Saint Aubain, Namur, Belgium)