An old Rabbi once asked his students once asked his students how did they know when the night had ended, and the day had begun? The first student said, “could it be when you see an animal in the distance and can tell whether it is a sheep or a dog?” “No”, said the Rabbi. A second student spoke up “Is it when you look at a tree in the distance and can tell whether it is a fig tree or a peach tree?” “No”, the Rabbi answered. “Then when is it?” asked the students. The Rabbi answered,” It is when you look at the face of another man or woman and see that it is your sister or brother, because if you cannot do this, it is still night.”
This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. Our Second Reading reminds us that Jesus fully took on flesh and blood. He did this because he wants us to understand that he considers us to be his brothers and sisters. This is what Simeon understood and this led to his proclamation in Sunday’s Gospel, “…because my eyes have seen the salvation of the Lord which you have prepared for all the nations to see…” Do we truly believe that too? Is Jesus the light of our lives? Both Simeon and Anna, who is also mentioned in the Gospel, felt truly blessed to meet the Saviour of the World. Do we seek the light Jesus offers particularly when our lives feel dark?
Jesus the compassionate one enters the Temple of our lives in a special way through the Eucharist. He calls us to a new way of seeing. We are called to see each other as brothers and sisters.
Lord, we pray that our eyes may be open to a new way of seeing, and that like Simeon and Anna we welcome Jesus into the Temple of our ordinary lives, the light of the nations, the salvation we have received. Amen.