Jesus was presented at the temple to Simeon, the central person in today’s lesson. Simeon was in Jerusalem when he was guided by the Holy Spirit to receive Jesus at the temple. He responded to the call without doubt, without fear, and without hesitation. In fact, he did so with eagerness. It is , quite literally,the moment he had been praying for his entire life. Simeon is instantly overwhelmed and instantly transformed when he lays his eyes upon Jesus. The anticipation of meeting the Savior had finally ended and Simeon could die in peace. He had encountered the Divine and recognized Jesus for who Jesus is. And it set Simeon free.
Evening prayer contains a canticle called the Song of Simeon. I suggest you read it carefully and slowly, feeling the power of Simeon’s experience.