It was revealed by the Holy Spirit to Simeon, a righteous and devout man, that he would not die before he had seen Jesus.
Directed by the Holy Spirit, he went to the Temple at a time when Mary and Joseph were present with the baby Jesus.
Simeon took Jesus in his arms and said, “Now, according to your word, Sovereign Lord, permit your servant to depart in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples”. (Luke 2:29-31)
The thoughts of Mary and Joseph must have been a churning mix of surprise and wonder. But, this wasn’t their first time to be overwhelmed and their faith stood firm.
Lord Jesus, guide and strengthen the mothers, fathers and guardians of your children, the seeds of your harvest. Inspire all, by the power of your Holy Spirit.
Prayer: Abandonment (Charles de Foucauld)
Father, I abandon myself into your hands;
do with me what you will.
Whatever you may do, I thank you;
I am ready for all, I accept all.
Let only your will be done in me.
I wish no more than this, O Lord.
Into your hands I commend my soul:
I offer it to you with all the love of my heart,
for I love you, Lord, and so need to give myself,
to surrender myself into your hands without reserve
and with boundless confidence, for you are my Father.