Mass Readings: 1 John 2:3-11/Luke 2:22-35

Costly Commitment

In today’s Gospel, Simeon rejoices because God has sent the long-awaited Savior. He joyfully declares, “my eyes have seen your salvation.” But victory comes at a cost. Simeon’s warning to Mary serves as a sobering reminder of the painful price to be paid, both by the Savior himself and by those who choose to embrace His gift of salvation.

As Lord Chancellor of England and the king’s good friend, Thomas Becket (1118-1170) enjoyed great power, prestige, and a life of luxury. Shortly after being appointed Archbishop of Canterbury, Becket experienced a conversion of heart. It wasn’t long before he was compelled to choose between pleasing the king and obeying the voice of conscience. Commitment to Christ is costly. Have I accepted God’s precious gift of salvation? Have I also accepted the painful sword?

Prayer: Lord, grant me wisdom to know what is pleasing to You—and give me the courage to do it.