The opening two chapters of Luke's Gospel take us on a journey of hope and fulfillment, prophecy and justice, doubt and belief. There are four characters who have a particularly powerful encounter with God: Zechariah is a priest who doubts God’s miracle and learns to believe. Mary is a teenage girl whose trusting heart accepts God's miraculous call. The lowly shepherds are the first to hear heavenly proclamations of Jesus’ birth. Simeon is an old man who longs to see the Messiah before he dies. He holds the baby Jesus and says:
“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you may now dismiss your servant in peace.
For my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and the glory of your people Israel.” (Luke 2:29-32)
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