Gospel Reflection – ” The Favor of God Was upon Him “

The Holy Spirit reveals the presence of the Savior of the world
What is the significance of Simeon’s encounter with the baby Jesus and his mother in the temple? Simeon was a just and devout man who was very much in tune with the Holy Spirit. He believed that the Lord would return to his temple and renew his chosen people. The Holy Spirit also revealed to him that the Messiah and King of Israel would also bring salvation to the Gentile nations. When Joseph and Mary presented the baby Jesus in the temple, Simeon immediately recognized this humble child of Bethlehem as the fulfillment of all the messianic prophecies, hopes, and prayers. Inspired by the Holy Spirit he prophesied that Jesus was to be “a revealing light to the Gentiles”. The Holy Spirit reveals the presence of the Lord to those who are receptive and eager to receive him

Daily Quote from the Early Church Fathers:  Christ who was rich became poor, by Origen of Alexandria (185-254 AD)

“For this reason it seems wonderful that the sacrifice of Mary was not the first offering, that is, ‘a lamb a year old,’ but the second, since ‘she could not afford’ (Leviticus 5:7) the first. For as it was written about her, Jesus’ parents came ‘to offer a sacrifice’ for him,’according to what is said in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.”‘ But this also shows the truth of what was written, that Jesus Christ ‘although he was rich, became a poor man’ (2 Corinthians 8:9). Therefore, for this reason, he chose both a poor mother, from whom he was born, and a poor homeland, about which it is said, ‘But you, O Bethlehem Ephratha, who are little to be among the clans of Judah’ (Micah 5:2), and the rest. (excerpt from HOMILIES ON LEVITICUS 8.4.3

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