Christmas Octave – 5th Day : Friday 29th December, 2023

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DGeMs- Daily Gospel eMessage

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Prophet Simeon – Faith: In today’s Gospel, Prophet Simeon; an upright and devout man who served in the Temple of Jerusalem for many years; and “waiting for the day” to see the Infant Messiah,” received his divine gift.  Ponder on, “What are your deepest desires of your heart and life?  Are they to love God and others fully, in Jesus, so as to gain the gift of Eternal Life when we die?”

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.’