Today we remember those who patiently and faithfully wait for the coming of the Prince of Peace, as we read the story of Simeon. Those who anticipated the coming of the Messiah, enduring years of turmoil, captivity, and occupation, praying for the arrival of the one who would bring peace to the world. Hear now from the Gospel of Luke, chapter 2:25-32.
“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.’”
On this second Sunday of Advent, we light the candle of peace as a symbol of Simeon, the one who waited for the coming of the Lord, anticipating the arrival of the Prince of Peace who would be light and revelation for all the world.
Lord, We give thanks for the Simeons among us who, by faith, patiently wait for transformational peace with the power of Your promise in their hearts. We wait for the fulfillment of Your promise that “mourning and crying and pain will be no more,” that You will bring peace on Earth. Help us to join You in this work, for as we have often sung, “Let there be peace on Earth and let it begin with me.”