Capsule for the Day
"Behold, this child (Christ) is destined for the fall and the rise of many in Israel and to be a sign of contradiction" (Luke 2:34). Simeon's prophecy is unsettling. One would have expected Christ to be destined only for the rise of many. Why is He destined also for the fall of many?
At a deeper level, the implication of the prophecy is contradiction. This child, the Christ, is destined to contradict expectations. His Way isn't our ways. He stands out and calls us to the desert. To those who refuse to go out with Him, Christ is seen as a stumbling block, the cause their fall.
It is about expectations. A typical Jew then didn't expect the Messiah to be tempted. Thus, many couldn't see what He was doing, the victory He won for them and the liberation taking place in their midst. They mostly looked for their own expectations as a result missed out rising with Christ.
Fr. Francis Afu