A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke.
When the day came for them to be purified, as laid down by the Law of Moses, the couple took Jesus up to Jerusalem and presented him to God. For it is written in the Law of our God, “Every firstborn heir is to be consecrated to God.” They likewise came to offer in sacrifice “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons,” in accord with the dictate of the Law of our God.
Now there lived in Jerusalem a man named Simeon. He was devout and just, anticipating the consolation of Israel, and he was filled with the Holy Spirit. She had revealed to Simeon that he wouldn’t see death until he had seen the Messiah of God. Prompted by her, Simeon came to the Temple, and when the parents brought in the child to perform the customary rituals of the Law, he took the child in his arms and praised God, saying,
“Now, O God, you can dismiss your servant in peace, just as you promised;
because my eyes have seen the salvation
which you have prepared for all the peoples to see —
a light of revelation to the Gentiles
and the glory of your people Israel.”
The Good News as spoken through Luke.