Today’s Feast of the Presentation of the Lord gives us an opportunity to reflect on two senior citizen saints who recognized the baby Jesus as the Messiah promised to save Israel.
Simeon was a “righteous and devout” man who was very much in tune with the Holy Spirit. He believed that the Lord would return to his temple and renew his chosen people. Simeon was awaiting the “consolation of Israel…” Unlike many Israelites, he was not waiting for a political Messiah that would overthrow the Roman empire. His consolation would be the restoration of Israel into communion with God.
When Joseph and Mary presented the baby Jesus in the temple, Simeon immediately recognized this humble child of Bethlehem as the fulfillment of all the messianic prophecies, hopes, and prayers. Inspired by the Holy Spirit he prophesied that Jesus was to be "a revealing light to the Gentiles". The Holy Spirit reveals the presence of the Lord to those who are receptive and eager to receive him.
Simeon was not alone in recognizing the Lord's presence in the temple. Anna, too, was filled with the Holy Spirit. She was found daily in the temple, attending to the Lord in prayer and speaking prophetically to others about God's promise to send a redeemer. Supernatural hope grows with prayer and age! Anna was pre-eminently a woman of great hope and expectation that God would fulfill all his promises. She is a model of godliness to all believers as we advance in age.
Advancing age and the disappointments of life can easily make us cynical and hopeless if we do not have our hope rightly placed. Anna's hope in God and his promises grew with age. She never ceased to worship God in faith and to pray with hope. Her hope and faith in God's promises fueled her indomitable zeal and fervor in prayer and service of God's people. The hope God places within us through the gift of the Spirit enables us to persevere with confident trust in God even in the face of trials, setbacks, and challenges that may come our way.
Is there anything holding you back from giving God your unqualified trust and submission to his will for your life? Allow the Lord Jesus to flood your heart with his peace, joy, and love. Offer to God everything you have and desire - your life, family, friends, health, honor, wealth, and future. If you seek his kingdom first he will give you everything you need, in abundance. Then, like Simeon and Anna, we will experience the joy of Jesus’ presence in our life before we die and be ready to pass on to eternal joy with the Father in heaven.
Today’s Question for Prayer and Reflection
Do you recognize the indwelling presence of the Lord with you?
Source of today’s reflection: https://www.dailyscripture.net/daily-meditation/?ds_year=2024&date=feb2a