Fifth Day within Christmas Octave : Friday, 29th December 2023

Daily Word Of God

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.’

Today's Pointers on God's Word

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • Prophet Simeon devoted his whole life longing for the day that he would see the child who is to be the Messiah that will bring salvation to the world.


  • He never wavered from this deepest desire in his life and God rewarded him for his fidelity.


  • What is our sole purpose and deepest desire of our life?  Is it to “encounter God” in the way we live, in our deeds and in the peoples we meet and relate to daily?