The Temple in Jerusalem becomes the center point in today’s Gospel reading. Following the law of Moses, the firstborn child Jesus is presented to God and redeemed with an offering of a pair of turtledoves. God fulfills his promise to Simeon that he would not die before he saw the long-awaited Messiah, “the light to the nations and the glory of the people Israel,” who will be “a sign of contradiction for the rise or fall of the multitudes of Israel.” Mary is warned “that a sword will pierce [her] own soul.”
Simeon patiently awaited the coming of the Messiah: he was rewarded with seeing the Messiah as promised by God.
Like Simeon, may we have faith in God’s promises and hope that God’s salvation will be ours.