This house of God is open for you; the Lord has been waiting to see you come home.
A place to leave behind the past, to have the
fullness of the present,
and to look forward to the bright future.
When the Blessed Mother and St. Joseph presented the infant Jesus in the temple, you would think that if the priests had known that the King of Glory was about to enter, they would have meticulously cleaned the courtyards. If they had known who was coming, wouldn’t they have organized a magnificent reception? The king did come: a child in his parents’ arms, but there was no fanfare, no royal ceremony, and no glorious music. There was only the Holy Spirit, revealing him to those whose hearts were open.
Everyday, Jesus presents himself to us, his living temple. The King comes to our hearts and asks us to open the door to him. Are we attentive to the Holy Spirit alerting us to his presence? The Spirit showed Simeon that this little baby would bring about “the falling and rising of many in Israel”. Within us also, Jesus wants to raise up and bring down. He wants to clear away the debris that keeps us from giving our lives to him, and he wants to build up everything in us that keeps the way clear for us to welcome him in our hearts.
What is your experience of Mass and prayer? Do you take these opportunities to welcome Jesus and to surrender yourself to him more deeply? Simeon was ready for Jesus. He knew that when the Messiah came, he wanted to be able to bend his knee in worship and bend his heart in obedience.
Likewise, Jesus wants to show you the joy of a Christ centered life. He wants to mend the damage done by past sins and hurts so that you can run to him with a clean conscience and an eager heart, ready to render him service. He wants to fill you with his Spirit and send you out into the world as his ambassador. All that is necessary is that you accept him as fully as Simeon.
Today and every time you come before the Lord, welcome him into the temple of your heart. Open wide the doorways of you life! Move forward in the expectation of all that Jesus is able to do!
Lord, now you let your servant go in peace; your word had been fulfilled:
my own eyes have seen the salvation which you have prepared in the sight of every people:
a light to reveal you to the nations and the glory of your people Israel.
The Canticle of Simeon
In His Light,
Bishop Raymond Contois