Psalm 148, Galatians 4:4-7 and Luke 2:22-40
For the most part, the Gospels describe the birth of Jesus as attended to by pretty common folk. Celebrities don’t make the list. No governors, magistrates, nor well known public figures. The so called Three Kings are astrologer types and from a distant land at that! No one local knew them! The main “lineup” seems to have been shepherds, a mix of farm animals, those strangers from afar, and relatively low key angels! Again, no celebrities nor media coverage.
There is not much difference when Mary and Joseph bring the infant Jesus to the Temple for Mary’s ritual purification. The two people that Luke mentions are never heard from again in scripture! Simeon is simply devout and righteous. And Anna is an aged widow and a little known prophet. Yet, these fairly regular people are the ones who recognize the Messiah, the Savior! There is no mention of a priest or scribe recognizing this son of a Nazareth couple as the long expected One!
Perhaps Luke wants to convey the reality that this Holy Child can be known by any and all who are “alert and watching” for the acts of God in both the more routine as well as the rare glorious moments in life. Simeon and Anna seem more like, well…..us!! The famous and the celebrity types are certainly not excluded from God’s revealing but perhaps they are often preoccupied with other things other than watching and waiting and celebrating what God is “all about” in Jesus.
Let us be eager to be like Simeon and Anna in all our doing and being! We might be more likely to see something happening around us that reveals God’s purpose and glory!
Blessings on this Christmas Sunday and the approach of a New Year!