He [Simeon] came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform the custom of the law in regard to him, he took him into his arms and blessed God…“Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace…”
Today is the great feast of the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple. I read recently that Bishop Fulton Sheen said that “first comes the spiritual, then action.” He explained further that we all need to first answer Our Lord’s call to “Come.” We rest in Him, refresh ourselves, are encouraged and receive all that we need from Him. And then is the sending out, then we must “Go.” So, we “Come” then “Go” constantly in the spiritual life. I think the Feast of the Presentation and this passage describe this wonderfully. We must retreat often to the Temple, driven by the Spirit, to encounter Joseph, Mary and all the saints, to embrace Our Lord Himself, to thank the Father and to trust in Him. We then can go “in peace” because our eyes have seen Him, we have embraced Him, and we have received all that we need. We can carry all that we have received to the world.