Post Christmas Deals

It takes patience to wait until after Christmas to shop.

With technology changing so rapidly, it’s also risky to buy techie gifts now for next year’s surprises.

There are however, many simple things one can buy, like candles and scarves, which never go out of style.

My wife’s friend Dee is the expert who motivated her to go out after the big day to save for the next holiday.

Speaking of prepping for future Christmases, today’s Gospel reading–Luke 2–is the story of a man who prepped an entire lifetime for that First Noel.

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.”

Simeon’s joy was so overwhelming, to see the Savior, that he was even able to celebrate his now pending death.

His message to Mary was not so easy to hear, that a sword would pierce her heart.

Though a painful and costly death was in Jesus’ future too…faith in the Resurrection was the gift Mary and the rest of her children would, God-willing, soon open with glee.

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