In this Gospel, the “righteous and devout” Simeon sees and holds the child Jesus in his arms, and recognizes in him the one who will bring about the salvation of all. We join millions of Catholics, lay and religious, throughout the centuries of the Church who use Simeon’s words as their prayer each night as part of Compline, the night prayer of the Church.

We celebrate on this day, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, the fact that God himself became one of us, and did not do so in secret, but rather “in the presence of all the peoples.” The sight of all the people includes us, the people of today. Take a moment to reflect on the ways that Christ is working in your life to bring about your own salvation and final union with him.

—Dominic LaMantia is an Alum Service Corps mentor teaching theology at St. Louis University High School. He is a graduate of Georgetown University.




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