Message from the chaplain: 07 February 2020

Claudia Coustas

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. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Guided 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, Simeon 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.”

- Luke 2:22-32 (NRSV)

This week in chapel, we have celebrated the feast of the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple, to which the Bible reading above refers. Let us rejoice with all who recognised Jesus as Christ, and give thanks to God for sending our Saviour to us. Simeon and the prophetess Anna were both steeped in prayer and sensitive to the movement of the Holy Spirit. Let us pray that we may be like them, and immediately recognise God in our midst each moment and give thanks and praise.


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