Feast of the Presentation of the Lord
This Sunday’s Gospel reading contains a hymn many people pray before going to bed at night, the Canticle of Simeon.
“Now, Lord, you may let your servant go in peace,
according to your word,
for my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you prepared in the sight of all the peoples:
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and glory for your people Israel.” (Luke 2:29-32)
As a bedtime prayer, Simeon’s Canticle brings a deep and abiding sense of peace, rest, and completion at the end of the day. At the end of each Day of Creation, God says “It is good,” and on the Seventh Day, He rests. We too are called to recognize the good things God provides each day and put our thoughts and cares to rest, laying them and the fruit of our hard day’s work in His hands, praising Him for His many blessings, and entrusting our lives to Him. That is how God intended it to be, from the beginning.
Why was it appropriate for Simeon to pronounce this hymn upon seeing the Lord enter his Temple? More…