December 29, 2018
Simeon blessed them (Mary and Joseph) 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.” Lk_2:22-35
Contradiction, irony, revelation, hypocrisy!
What do we have when a consecrated priest commits a heinous act of sinfulness? What do we have when the Jewish religious leaders who are insistent about strictly following the Laws of God don’t follow them themselves? What do we have when evil and hatred lurk about in our own hearts, especially when we know that everything Jesus taught was about love? What we have, beloved, is contradiction, irony, hypocrisy and the revelation of lies by those we thought we trusted (including ourselves).
Simeon already knew the end of Jesus’ story or at least the end of His physical life. And if Simeon knew anything, he also knew that there would definitely be more to come with this Jesus. The prophets spelled it all out. And even the least knowledgeable Jew knew about the prophesy of a Messiah. But it would be the secrets of the heart that would lead to their fulfillment.
It all reminds us again, beloved, to keep a very close leash on our thoughts and desires. And to make them all begin and end with love!
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