26th December '21
Gospel Reading: John 21: 15–25
Dear Community of Christians,
In the presentation of the child Jesus in the temple we meet two people: Hanna the very old widow and Simeon the most pious person in the land. When Hanna saw the child, she recognized the appearance of his heavenly splendor and even foresees the salvation for the world will come from this child.
And also, Simeon, saw the clear purity and the divine appearance of this child.
Why we are told in detail about the encounter of these two people with this child? With this encounter we can unmistakably recognizes that an old world, without strength for the future, meets the new impulse that will renew the world.
In the individual and in the view of humanity as a whole, growing old is inevitable. Because we have used up our physical strength, never can our physical childhood and youth powers retrieve.
And yet today we can experience many rejuvenation forces in the old grown humanity. This child has prepared a vessel for the rejuvenating powers of Christ to enter into the earthly physical world.
Whoever can fully absorb the powers of Christ becomes, like this child, a vessel for the renewing powers of a humanity that has grown old. Only by absorbing the all-pervading, rejuvenating Christ forces can humanity, prevent that the sacrifice of Jesus Christ from having been made in vain.
Rev. Ute Koenig
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