Gospel: Lk 2:22–32 (or 2:22–40)
When the day came for the puriﬁcation according to the law of Moses, they brought the baby up to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord, as it is written in the law of the Lord: Every firstborn male shall be consecrated to God. And they offered a sacriﬁce, as ordered in the law of the Lord: a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.
There lived in Jerusalem, at this time, a very upright and devout man named Simeon; the Holy Spirit was in him. He looked forward to the time when the Lord would comfort Israel; and he had been assured, by the Holy Spirit, that he would not die before seeing the Messiah of the Lord. So, he was led into the temple by the Holy Spirit at the time the parents brought the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law.
Simeon took the child in his arms, and blessed God, saying,
“Now, O Lord, you can dismiss your servant in peace,for you have fulﬁlled your word
and my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you display for all the people to see.
Here is the light you will reveal to the nations,and the glory of your people Israel.”
The Presentation of the Lord can be readily seen as one ordinary couple’s way of fulfilling one of just many religious duties of the faithful during that time. However, the event represents something deeper especially with the mention of how Simeon was able to detect something special in what seemed to be an ordinary child. The event is interpreted by the Catholic Church to signify the special appointment of Jesus as the “eldest” of all human beings and His offering as the one Savior of mankind from sin. The faithful are called upon to make their own presentation through a life inspired by the works and words of Jesus.
Simeon’s presence in this special event signifies what awaits those who truly believe and live by the word of God. Those who choose to emulate the ways of Christ through their own lives are the ones truly witnessing for Him. The Presentation of the Lord serves as an invitation to the faithful to be one in spreading light and unity as they go about their daily lives.