Dec. 30, 2005
Sir 3,2-6 / Col. 3, 12-31/Lk. 2, 22-40
"Now, O Lord, you can dismiss your servant in peace,
for you have fulfilled your word
and my eyes have seen your salvation
which you display for all people to see,
Here is the light you will reveal to the nations,
and the glory of your people Israel."
Simeon's prayer is like a prayer of a fulfilled father proudly looking at his child, "for my eyes have seen your salvation..." As our parents are looking at us, may they also utter the same words, "you can now let your servant in peace, for my eyes have seen your salvation." Their sacrifices have not been in vain.
As we celebrate the feast of the Holy Family, let us thank God for our parents because they have given up everything only for us. And for them, there is no other gift worth giving except our own lives for them.
May we also align our families with the humble household of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, and realize the true secret of life and happiness - a life lived in love and giving.
Finally, we also pray for God's greater family, the family outside our homes, together with the poor, the helpless, the homeless, the sick and the imprisoned ... we are the one family of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. May we find the opportunity to commit ourselves to being present to one another and with God.
Fr. Lito Jopson