Father Csaba’s reflections on the gospel
Thursday 29 December 2016
.".This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many..” On Christmas Eve because of Mary’s “yes” God became man !! During every holy mass based on the “yes” of the people gathered with their priest the bread and wine becomes God in the form of the Holy Eucharist!! In truth every single church is like the cave in Bethlehem , every holy mass Christmas Eve, every altar the manger in Bethlehem, in front of which following the example of the shepherds , the wisemen we can also fall on our knees , to greet the same One who on Christmas Eve became man , our Lord Jesus Christ !!
translated by dr k.e.
When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord23(as it is written in the law of the Lord, ‘Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord’), 24and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, ‘a pair of turtle-doves or two young pigeons.’
Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon;* this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. 26It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.* 27Guided by the Spirit, Simeon* came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, 28Simeon* took him in his arms and praised God, saying,
‘Master, now you are dismissing your servant* in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.’
And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. 34Then Simeon* blessed them and said to his mother Mary, ‘This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed 35so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.’
Luke 2, 22-35