July 25, 2024     12:35 pm
30. Week of Sunday after Christmas - Monday
          Lord, now let Your servant depart in peace, for my eyes have seen Your salvation.   Luke 2:34
          When Christ was born, there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon. He was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, the promised Saviour and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it was revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ. Now, six weeks after the birth of Jesus, when Joseph and Mary brought the Child to the temple at Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord, and to offer the sacrifice of purification, as prescribed in the law of Moses (Exod.13:2; Lev.12), this aged Simeon, moved by the Spirit, also came to the temple. As soon as he saw the Child, he took Him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said: "Lord, now let Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word; for my eyes have seen Your salvation which You have prepared before the face of all people, a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel." Joseph and Mary saw and heard this, and were filled with holy and increasing wonderment.(Luke 2:22-23)
          God is just as gracious to us as He was to Simeon. We can likewise see the Saviour while we live, namely, in His Word. We can also take Him in our arms, namely, in His Word and holy Sacraments. Our hearts, too, shall rejoice in Him in blissful joy, namely, through the Holy Spirit who is given to us. And so we, too, shall one day depart in peace; for he that sees and embraces his Saviour in true faith, and rejoices in Him, has eternal life.
          PRAYER: - I thank You, Lord Jesus, my only Saviour, my Life and my Salvation, that I may see You, and embrace You, and rejoice in You. Now I know that when my last hour shall come I shall depart in peace. Grant me Your Holy Spirit, that at all times I may look to You, and, embracing You, may always find in You my greatest joy, and when my last hour comes, give, O give, to me that eternal peace which You have earned for me, O Jesus! Amen

First Part : Festival Season
July 25, 2024     12:35 pm