Simeon took the child in his arms, blessing God saying :
« Now, oh Lord, you may dismiss your servant in peace, according to your word.
For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in the face of all you people :
A light to shine on pagan nations, and the glory of your people, Israel. »
Saint Columbine (563 – 615) monk, founder of monasteries.
Christ, may you deign to light our own lights,
you our Lord full of kindness; make our light shine without end in your abode,
and give us to receive from you, eternal light.
May your light dissipate our own darkness, and that through us may it repel the darkness.
Jesus, I pray, light my lamp from your own light, so that, in that light, I may see the Holy of Holies where you, eternal priest of eternal times, you make your entrance in the gates of this immense temple. (He. 9,11s)
Through your light may I never cease to see, to cast my gaze and my desires upon you. Then, in your heart,
I will see only you, and in your presence my light will always be lit and burn ardently.
Grace us…, as we know at your door, to manifest yourself, savior full of love, may we have love only for you alone. Be, night and day, our only desire, our sole meditation, our constant thought.
Deign pour in us enough of your love so that e may love God properly. Fill us with your love… that we may know to love nothing else but you, the eternal one.
Then the great waters, in the heavens, on earth and in the sea will not suffice to extinguish in us such a charity, as in the word of the Canticle of Canticles:
Encyclical”Lumen fidel/the light of faith” Par. 58
Luke speaks of Mary’s memory, of how she kept all she heard and saw in her heart (2:19,51), so that the word would bear fruit in her life.
The Lord’s mother is the perfect icon of faith, as St. Elizabeth said:” Blessed is she who believed” (Lk. 1:45)
In Mary, daughter of Zion, is fulfilled a long history of faith from the Old Testament, with the narrative of many faith filled woman, starting from Sara, who, next to the patriarchs, was the place where the promise of God was accomplished and where new life blossomed.
In the fullness of times, the word of God was addressed to Mary, and she received it with her whole being, in her heart, that it may take flesh in her and become o light for all men… In the mother of Jesus, faith bore its fruit, and when our spiritual life bears fruit, we are filled with joy, and that is the clearest sign of the greatness of our faith.
In her life, Mary did a pilgrimage of faith, in following her son
(Vatican II LG58)
Hence in Mary, that path of faith found in the Old Testament is assumed in following Jesus,
she is transformed by Him, in gazing with the same outlook as that of the incarnated Son of God.
” Blessed is she who believed !”