Fulfilled Person

Clergy Corner by Fr. Ray

“Now, Master, you can let your servant go in peace” said Simeon. I truly admire him. Who can say with all sincerity, without a hint of hesitation, that he or she is ready to die? It is difficult to find such a person, is it not? We found one.

 

Simeon is indeed a picture of a fulfilled man. He desires nothing more; he waits for nothing more; and prays for nothing more. He is ready and willing to go from this life to the next. Why?

 

First, Simeon desires nothing more because he already received what he desired most. His “eyes have seen the salvation which (God) has prepared for all nations, a light to enlighten the Gentiles, and the glory of Israel.” Simeon desired for Jesus, the savior, the light and the glory. Now that he has set his eyes on Him, he is complete.

 

Second, Simeon waits for nothing more because he   trusted in God’s promise to him — that he would not see death before he set his eyes on the Savior, the light and the glory God ordained sent out into the world. Now that that promise is fulfilled, what else should Simeon wait for? Jesus has arrived, not only in the general sense of the word “arrive” but in its particular meaning as Jesus coming into the life of Simeon.

 

Third, Simeon prays for nothing more because his prayer has already been granted. He has seen Jesus; he has seen peace. Now, he can go in peace as a servant of God, whose promise he trusted.

 

What do we desire for? What do we wait for? What do we pray for? No one less than God can satisfy our desire. Nothing less than God’s fidelity to His word can bring about what we wait for. Nothing less than having the disposition of God’s servant can make us realize how God answers our prayers.

 

Simeon teaches us what it means to be a fulfilled person. A fulfilled person is one who pays attention to God. A truly fulfilled person is ready to leave this world so as to enter God’s kingdom.

 

May Christ shed light upon our desire, our waiting and our prayer. Jesus Christ alone, who is the light, can show us the truth about the “fulfilled person.”

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