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Luke 2:29-30 Simeon said, “Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace…for my eyes have seen your salvation.”
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?
Today the Church remembers The Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple.