Fifth Day within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord
Malvern Minute


Fifth Day within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord

December 29, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Media, PA


Memorial Feast:  Saint Thomas Becket, Martyr, (c.1118-+1170) Patron Saint of Exeter College, Portsmouth, City of London

First John 2:3-11                   

Psalm 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 5b-6

Luke 2:22-35


            Today’s Gospel narrative relates the story of Simeon who was a righteous and devout man who was told by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen Christ the Lord.  Simeon listened and trusted the Word of God and was in the right place at the right time so that promise could be fulfilled.  He was able to hold the baby Jesus in his arms and see the face of God.  Imagine that!  Personally, anytime I hold a baby in my arms I feel as if I am in the presence of God.  Life is such a miracle, especially as reflected in a baby’s tiny nose, exquisite fingers and toes, the softest skin and whippiest hair (if there is any.)

            I am quite certain that Simeon felt those human emotions when he held baby Jesus, but the Holy Spirit enabled him to see and feel even more.  We hear him as he holds the baby and blesses God.  He also tells Mary and Joseph a little of what they can expect in the future.  I believe Mary and Joseph were still coming to grips with their new family, much like any person with a new baby.  However, these parents have the added joy and responsibility and in time, sorrow for His suffering that their Son is the light of the world.    

            Just as Simeon, we can heed the Holy Spirit and cradle Jesus in our heart and in our actions.  The first reading from Saint John reminds us that to be in the light, we have to follow the commandments and love our brothers.   Excellent advice, don’t you think? 

Question of the Day:  How will you look upon others as brothers and sisters in the Lord? 

Prayer:  “Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all you lands.  Sing to the Lord; bless his name.”  Psalm 96.


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