Day 23

Day 23

Luke 2: 28-32 

Simeon took Jesus in his arms and praised God, saying, ‘Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.’ 

 

God Shows Up

I don’t know about you, but I have never really managed to get a clear picture in my head of what the temple in Jerusalem looked like. I’ve looked at diagrams in books and even been to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, but it’s still a muddle. However, from various accounts, we know it was big, there would have been lots of people, animals, smoke, smells and noise. (A bit like Christmas in some households.)

So, how on earth does Simeon manage to spot Joseph, Mary and Jesus in the midst of all that? Even more surprising, how does he realise that this pair of country bumpkins are carrying the hope of the world in their arms?  The previous verses tell us that he was a devout man and was on the lookout for God’s Chosen One, and that the Holy Spirit was with him, prompting and guiding him. Some of us are good at spotting when God shows up in unexpected places or people. Others of us are more like Zachariah, even when confronted by a great big angel we are more “Hang on a minute, are you sure?”.

So, amidst all the bustle and mayhem of the festive season, let’s be on the lookout for God “showing up”.

Linda S

  • Church of England.
  • Diocese of York.