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Tuesday, February 2, 2016


…and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying, ‘Master, now you are dismissing (ἀπολύεις, releasing) your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.’ And the child’s father and mother wondered (θαυμάζοντες) at all that was said about him.” (Lk 2: 27-33)


Two things are happening in this passage: 1. Wonder and 2. Surrender. On the one hand, St. Simeon is filled with wonder, seeing this Child and His “parents.” So Simeon takes Christ in His arms and “praises God,” proclaiming his famous prophecy – a prophecy not only abou...

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