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Liturgical day: December 29th (5th Day after Christmas)

Gospel text (Lk 2,22-35): «Now, O Lord, you can dismiss your servant in peace, for you have fulfilled your word and my eyes have seen your salvation». When the day came for the purification according to the law of Moses, they brought the baby up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, as it is written in the law of the Lord: Every firstborn male shall be consecrated to God. And they offered a sacrifice as ordered in the law of the Lord: a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.

There lived in Jerusalem at this time a very upright and devout man named Simeon; the Holy Spirit was in him. He looked forward to the time when the Lord would comfort Israel, and he had been assured by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before seeing the Messiah of the Lord. So he was led into the Temple by the Holy Spirit at the time the parents brought the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law. Simeon took the child in his arms and blessed God, saying, «Now, O Lord, you can dismiss your servant in peace, for you have fulfilled your word and my eyes have seen your salvation, which you display for all the people to see. Here is the light you will reveal to the nations and the glory of your people Israel».

His father and mother wondered at what was said about the child. Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother, «See him; he will be for the rise or fall of the multitudes of Israel. He shall stand as a sign of contradiction, while a sword will pierce your own soul. Then the secret thoughts of many may be brought to light».

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today we hear the words of the old Simeon. We are in the Temple of Jerusalem. Mary and Joseph take the Child, with his 40 days, to present him to the Lord. There they meet Simeon. He takes Jesus and feels totally happy: he does not miss anything else in this world, because "whoever has God lacks nothing".

"God has come into the world. And you know it! Why do you complain when you think you're missing something?