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The Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas

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Gospel text (Lk 2:22-35): “Lord, now let your servant go in peace; your word has been fulfilled: my own eyes have seen the salvation." When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, the parents of Jesus took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, just as it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord, and to offer the sacrifice of a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons, in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord.

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, awaiting the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Christ of the Lord. He came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform the custom of the law in regard to him, he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying: “Lord, now let your servant go in peace; your word has been fulfilled: my own eyes have seen the salvation which you prepared in the sight of every people, a light to reveal you to the nations and the glory of your people Israel.”

The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted (and you yourself a sword will pierce) so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today we hear the words of the old Simeon. We are in the Temple of Jerusalem. Mary and Joseph take their Child, who was 40 days old, 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?