Our eyes are beholding the salvation of the world - Jesus Christ.
Today let us spend our day in joyful celebration as we celebrate Candlemas. Simeon takes the child Jesus into his hands and rejoices. Let us take Christ into our hands, for he is the light of the world. Let us reflect how Jesus is moving in our lives. How Jesus is transforming the old into the new. Hold Jesus and then sing with Simeon:
“Lord, let your servant now rest in peace, for you have kept your promise. With my own eyes I see the salvation you prepared for all peoples, a light of revelation for the Gentiles and glory to your people, Israel.”
Along with their newborn son, Mary and Joseph brought a sacrifice of two pigeons, the offering permitted in the law of Moses for those too poor to afford a lamb (Lev. 12: 8). Despite their lack of wealth, however, these peasants from Galilee carried in their arms the salvation of the whole world. Simeon and Anna, a holy man and a devout woman of Israel, immediately recognized the incalculable value of the present they had brought. We sing “Simeon’s Song” to train our eyes to see the salvation of the world. Common Prayer: Claiborne.