What is tomorrow for you? Maybe you know it as Candlemas, or the Purification of our Lord or the Presentation of our Lord. It was an important day as Jesus was brought up to Jerusalem: “And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,
“Lord, now you are letting your servant[a] depart in peace,
according to your word;
for my eyes have seen your salvation
that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and for glory to your people Israel.” Luke 2:22–40
The beautiful Song of Simeon is a treasure to all of us and is often part of our liturgy! This song of salvation, joy and fulfillment is especially appropriate as we celebrate the Presentation of our Lord!
As we do this most of the world thinks of February 2 as Ground Hog’s Day and may even think of the old movie of the same name starring Bill Murry. In the movie set in, Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania Feb. 2 keeps repeating. Simeon says just the opposite as he prophesies the new life that is ours in Christ Jesus! It would be difficult to do the same day over and over! But Thanks be to God for our Lord’s sacrifice for us and for Mary and Joseph who bring Jesus to the temple and to Simeon and the prophetess Anna! The movie was fun, but God’s promises are forever!