Simeon tells God that he is ready to go into eternity. But, the reason he’s ready has nothing to do with what Simeon has accomplished. It is because of what God has accomplished: “My eyes have seen Your salvation, which You prepared in sight of all the people.” In other words, Simeon thanks God for letting him live long enough to see the salvation for which all pious Jews were waiting.
Christmas calls us to celebrate the presence of Christ among us. Simeon’s prayer tells us what that means for us: salvation.
Do we feel like we “see [God’s] salvation” present to us everyday?