Malvern Minute – Thursday
Malvern Minute

 

February 2, 2017 – Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

A Reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke (2:22-32)

When the days were completed for their purification
according to the law of Moses,
Mary and Joseph took Jesus up to Jerusalem
to present him to the Lord,
just as it is written in the law of the Lord,
Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord,
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.

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.
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.

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,
he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying:

“Now, Master, you may let your servant go
in peace, according to your word,
for 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 for your people Israel.”

Reflect: “You may let your servant go in peace.” Simeon longed to be in the presence of God. His entire disposition was directed toward patiently, hopefully waiting for the Lord. In the process, he didn’t lose hope. He was “righteous and devout”, doing the right thing for the right reasons. When he took Jesus into his arms he knew that God had heard his prayer and honored his heart. But it wasn’t just about Simeon. He recognized that Jesus was the “salvation”, a “light” and the “glory” for the world.  Where are we? How is our heart disposed? Are all of our actions and decisions directed toward welcoming Jesus and making him known in the world? Will we be able to say to God as we take our final breath, “You may let your servant go in peace”?

Am I a devout and righteous person? Do I want to be? Do I consider living a life directed to God something worth pursuing? What is the alternative if I don’t live that way?

 

Pray: Loving God, purify my heart and my mind so that when I present myself to you I might be found worthy to be welcomed into your presence.  I ask this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Simeon and Anna: Show us the way to Jesus, our Light!

 

ENCOUNTERING THE DIVINE PHYSICIAN (Gospel of Luke 5: 17-26)

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