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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for February 2, 2015

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MONDAY, February 2   The Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Luke 2:29-30 Simeon said, “Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace…for my eyes have seen your salvation.”

Simeon knew he would see the Messiah before he died. But surely he did not expect how it would happen that day. He must have nurtured a habit of listening to God and being open to possibilities, so much so that he went to the temple and took in his arms the baby to be presented in the required ritual. He must have felt holiness in this infant in an inexplicable way. Holding that holiness brought him peace.

Peace—it’s not just our busy modern generation that yearns for peace. The Prince of Peace was longed for in the Hebrew scriptures. Jesus would later calm the stormy waves and the terrified disciples with the comforting words, “Peace, be still.” He would assure Thomas and the others with “Peace be to you.” The desire for peace permeates scripture just as we continue to long for peace for ourselves and for the world.

As Simeon held Jesus, he was enfolded in peace. His personal peace was connected to seeing God’s plan of salvation for all people. As he joined his heart to God’s desire for the world, Simeon knew peace. What do we glimpse when we hold Jesus and care for the people he loves?

PRAY for the Diocese of Lweru (Tanzania)

Today the Church remembers The Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple.

Ps 84 or 24:7-10; Malachi 3:1-4; Hebrews 2:14-18; Luke 2:22-40

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