“Thank you for patiently waiting.” I often hear this line, every time a customer service representative gets back to me after putting me on hold while troubleshooting my internet connection. Most of the time I patiently stayed on the line since I knew it will take time to process my request. One time, I became impatient because I had been waiting for over fifteen minutes. So I hang up, thinking that the person I talked to could not resolve my internet problem. When I called again and spoke to a different representative about the same issue, she told me that the last agent I spoke with already processed my request and fixed my internet connection. When I checked my internet, it was already working properly. At that moment, I learned that all I needed back then was patience.
Today, we celebrate the feast of the Presentation of the Lord. Joseph and Mary brought Jesus to the temple to present and consecrate Him to the Lord. Simeon, a righteous and devout man in his old age, was rewarded to see and carry the Lord in his arms. Simeon patiently waited for His coming.
The Gospel challenges me to keep my faith alive each day while waiting for the Lord. It also challenges me to work and pray tirelessly before God. As a priest-in-process, it will surely take a long journey full of hardships, trials, and frustrations but I pray for the grace of humility and perseverance to continue serving Him. Like Simeon, may the journey culminate in receiving the gift of seeing the Lord face to face.
By: Sem. Ericson Y. Austria
When the days were completed for their purification
according to the law of Moses,
Mary and Joseph took Jesus up to Jerusalem
to present him to the Lord,
just as it is written in the law of the Lord,
Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord,
and to offer the sacrifice of
a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons,
in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord.
Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon.
This man was righteous and devout,
awaiting the consolation of Israel,
and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit
that he should not see death
before he had seen the Christ of the Lord.
He came in the Spirit into the temple;
and when the parents brought in the child Jesus
to perform the custom of the law in regard to him,
he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying:
“Now, Master, you may let your servant go
in peace, according to your word,
for my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you prepared in the sight of all the peoples:
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and glory for your people Israel.”
The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him;
and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother,
“Behold, this child is destined
for the fall and rise of many in Israel,
and to be a sign that will be contradicted
–and you yourself a sword will pierce–
so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”
There was also a prophetess, Anna,
the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher.
She was advanced in years,
having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage,
and then as a widow until she was eighty-four.
She never left the temple,
but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer.
And coming forward at that very time,
she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child
to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem.
When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions
of the law of the Lord,
they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth.
The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom;
and the favor of God was upon him.