I am sure Simeon felt those human things, but the Holy Spirit enabled him to see and feel more. We hear him as he holds the baby and blesses God. He also tells Mary and Joseph a little of what they can expect. I think Mary and Joseph still were coming to grips with their new family, much like any parents with a new baby. But these parents have the added joy and responsibility and in time, sorrow for his suffering that their son is the light of the world.
Like Simeon, I can heed the Holy Spirit and cradle Jesus in my heart and in my actions. The first reading from John reminds us that to be in the light, we have to follow the commandments and love our brothers. That’s my prayer today. And as the Psalm rejoices, let us sing a new song and rejoice in that love.
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