Mary was not the only one who held Jesus:
Candlemas celebrates the presentation of Jesus in the Temple, which would have taken place 40 days after birth.
We are 40 days from Christmas, in the depths of a winter from which we may feel like we will never leave behind us.
Maybe we feel ancient, like Simeon. Maybe unlike Simeon, we have lost sight of the vision and the promise.
Let us remember that though we may only see a fallow field, underneath life sprouts.
Let us remember that buds wait to unfurl, even when we can't imagine how the miracle will be accomplished.
Mary held hope in her hands, and so did Simeon. We do too. Let us not forget:
feeling the feelings…
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