At the Table, we sit on the other side of Simeon’s knowledge. He knew Jesus as a baby; we know him as a Son; but both of us know Jesus to be the salvation of God. While Simeon beheld the baby Jesus, and anticipated the salvation yet to come, we behold Jesus, the Son, who obediently followed his role in God’s plan of salvation and humbly offered himself as a sacrifice. We have received this salvation that made available to us--and to all nations.
And like Simeon, we wait. But we wait in a different way, for Simeon waited the God’s salvation to be revealed in Jesus, while we wait for God’s judgment to be revealed in the return of Jesus. For we live on the other side of Jesus’ death and sacrifice--where forgiveness of sins and salvation through the Spirit was given to us--and now we wait, longing and yearning for his return when he will restore the world to its rightful place and bring peace and goodwill in everlasting life.
Thus, while we wait, we remain anchored in hope--in the hope proclaimed by Mary, by Zechariah, by the shepherds, and by Simeon and Anna--in the hope of our ancestors--and while we wait, we proclaim. We proclaim the gospel: that a baby, born as the fulfillment of an ancient promise, became the light of the world, and the light to the world. Let us be those who, like Anna, cannot stop talking about Jesus, as we bring the light of Jesus to all nations.