Octave of Christmas, 5th Day: Thursday 29th December, 2022

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DGeMs- Daily Gospel eMessage

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Faith and Hope”: In today’s Gospel, Prophet Simeon, had the great faith that he would see the “Messiah” before he dies.  He lives in hope daily that his dreams be fulfilled. Ponder on, “Is our faith in God also to hope that we will experience the intense spiritual consolations of God, that will transform our lives totally?  Have we experienced this divine gift?

Fr Philip Heng, S.J.

Luke 2:25-32, 34-35

Now in Jerusalem there was a man named Simeon. He was an upright and devout man; he looked forward to the restoration of Israel and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death until he had set eyes on the Christ of the Lord.

Prompted by the Spirit he came to the Temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the Law required, he took him into his arms and blessed God; and he said: ‘Now, Master, you are letting your servant go in peace as you promised; for my eyes have seen the salvation which you have made ready in the sight of the nations; a light of revelation for the gentiles and glory for your people Israel.’

Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, ‘Look, he is destined for the fall and for the rise of many in Israel, destined to be a sign that is opposed – and a sword will pierce your soul too – so that the secret thoughts of many may be laid bare.’