Thursday, February 2, 2012
I Have Seen My Salvation
I was reading some commentary in Magnificat on today's feast of the presentation of the Lord. It spoke about how on that particular day, many people were coming and going in the Temple, but most did not recognize the Messiah in the tiny infant Mary and Joseph brought to the Temple that day. To them it was just another Jewish couple bringing their first born son as dictated by the law. However, a few did recognize who this baby was...
Simeon declares with great excitement the true identity of this Baby as he takes Him in his arms. Simeon declares that he can now die in peace because he has seen his salvation. This one little line in Scripture (Luke 2:28~30) is one of my favorites. Simeon looks at the Infant Jesus and instantly recognizes that in this Child, his salvation lies, and so it is for us. We can look at Jesus during the elevation at Mass or exposed in the Monstrance during Adoration and echo Simeon's words: "I have seen my Salvation!"
Anna, the prophetess too must have recognized this Child too although not much is told about her. She never left the Temple and spent her days fasting and praying. How could this holy woman not have recognized the Messiah.
Whether we shout it from the mountaintops like Simeon or ponder it in our hearts as Anna, let us look at Jesus and thankfully and humbly recognize our Salvation.
Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King
My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.
Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.