“Lord, now let your servant go in peace; your word has been fulfilled: my own eyes have seen the salvation which you prepared in the sight of every people, a light to reveal you to the nations and the glory of your people Israel.” – Lk 2: 29-32
Early November last year, my husband and I hydroplaned on the freeway. While the car was spinning rapidly, I can still recall gripping on the side handle and my husband asking me, “Are you okay? Are you okay?”
After hearing his concern, the spinning turned into a slow motion effect as I was moved by his selflessness and worried less about what could possibly happen to us. The car was finally put to a stop as we hit the embankment on the freeway. In the rain, we stepped outside and two cars pulled over to help us. In one car, it was a couple checking whether if we were safe and offered to drive us to the closest exit and gas station. As for the other car, the driver mentioned to us that he had already notified the police of our accident and for us to continue to leave the area.
In the gospel story today, my eyes glistened as I read, “My own eyes have seen the salvation which you prepared in the sight of every people.” Images of the accident replayed in my mind and I was able to see Him and His salvation through the goodness of my husband and the people who helped us.
Today, we rejoice as we celebrate the cross, the way the Lord saves. Simeon encountered baby Jesus and rejoiced because he had seen salvation. Each moment of our lives, we are given the chance to make a choice of living out God’s gospel. Are we helping others to see the works of His salvation? Have we been open and grateful to see this salvation ourselves? Are we rejoicing in this salvation?
Lord, please help me not only to receive you, but also to reveal you…
reflected by Tam Lontok