25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. 26It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, 28Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying,
29 ‘Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace,according to your word; 30 for my eyes have seen your salvation, 31 which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.’
Commentary: Simeon’s name means “harkening”. Certainly he was a spiritual man, since he was “guided by the Spirit” to seek out a seemingly ordinary family on their way to a circumcision or “bris”. His song of praise suggests that his work on earth is done, as he quotes what was probably a liturgical hymn familiar to the reader. His story, and that of Anna, which follows, are not only confirmation of Jesus’ status as Messiah, but they also personify the nation of Israel waiting for the Messiah.
Some music to soothe your soul as you consider the following questions:
To Ponder: What is on your “bucket list”? Is there something that you want to accomplish before you depart this life? Is there a member of your family that will carry on your legacy?