Sunday, March 11, 2007


2. The Revelation.
That day finally arrived. Enlightened by a heavenly light, Simeon recognized the Woman, hidden though She was in the crowd. He knew Her to be the Mother of the Savior. In the Child She was holding in Her arms he saw the promised Messias. Note that it is through Mary that you recognize Jesus. through the Mother to the Son. Always the same procedure. Never Jesus without Mary. Then Simeon comes forward and asks the Mother to lend him Her Son. With what fervor would he look at Him and press Him against his heart, whilst remaining absorbed in contemplation, carried away by joy and love! Contemplate that holy old man holding in his arms the One Who sustains the whole of creation. How well spent must he have considered his life of austerity and sanctity for the joy of that moment! He holds himself very well paid with that alone. And it was then that, carried away, he intoned the sublime canticle of thanksgiving to the Lord, the Nunc dimittis: Ruler of all, now do Thou let Thy servant go in peace according to Thy word, for my won eyes have seen that saving power of Thine which Thou has prepared in the sight of all nations.

After Simeon has seen Mary and has held Jesus in his arms he wants nothing more in this world. He knows there is nothing else to be compared to this happiness. Everything will now be tiresome and boring. Earth holds nothing more for him; he just longs for death.

And you who daily see, and touch, and are fed on Jesus, how is it that you can still relish other things?, nor have you yet died to all other things, yourself included, in order to live only of, and for, Him?

[Excerpted from 'MARIAN MEDITATIONS' Book by Rev. Dr. Ildefonso R. Villar, Salesian Philippine Province, Nihil Obstat; Imprimatur]