Luke 2:33-40: A Sword Will Pierce Your Soul, O Mary

A maiden mother brings God, pulsing with blood and moving with muscle, into this world.  From her womb, the Lord formed for Himself a human frame.  More than any other in all human history, God united to her in a way like no other.  So, if anyone deserved preferential treatment from God, Mary should be […]

The Canticles of Christmas: Luke 2:25-35, “Simeon’s Song”

Our Lord Jesus comes to His Temple as an infant.  He will come many other times: when He is 12 to sit and teach the teachers, in His last week before His death to drive out the moneychangers.  Jesus will also come to His Temple in mercy to proclaim the Kingdom of God and, on […]

Luke 2:33-40: And a sword will pierce your own soul, too

Old Simeon takes the baby Jesus into his arms and praises God.  And when he praises God, Simeon does something strange–he prays for his own death.  He cries out, “Lord, now let Your servant die in peace.”  That’s how old Simeon praises God. Then Simeon gives Mary, the mother of Jesus, a strange blessing.  He […]