A sign that will be contradicted
December 29, 2022
Dear Family of Mary!
Today in our Gospel we hear the prophetic words of Simeon, who came in the spirit to the temple to meet Jesus and his Mother and Father. Simeon spoke in the Spirit to Mary and Joseph about what God had revealed to him about Jesus. It was a powerful moment! I believe that God wants to speak to us in a similar way, revealing to us His plans for us and sharing His Heart with us. Let’s take in these words of Scripture today and let them open our hearts to God:
When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, the parents of Jesus took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, just as it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord, and to offer the sacrifice of a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons, in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord.
Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, awaiting the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Christ of the Lord. He came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform the custom of the law in regard to him, he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying:
“Lord, now let your servant go in peace; your word has been fulfilled: my own eyes have seen the salvation which you prepared in the sight of every people, a light to reveal you to the nations and the glory of your people Israel.”
The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted (and you yourself a sword will pierce) so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
(c) Mary TV 2022
PS. I also want to share with you a link to the English Mass Homily for yesterday, December 28, 2022. Fr. Leon speaks on the Holy Innocents, giving us the facts on the gross misuse of children in our day. Thank you, Fr. Leon, for speaking the truth to us. May God have mercy on us all.
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