Isaiah 61:10-62:3 (Psalm 148); Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:22-40
Simeon offers a subtle instruction to Mary: remember the cross.
Waiting and fidelity are closely connected.
Picture the old man with the baby in his arms. He stands chuckling with giddy joy, or perhaps he gazes with streaming tears on his cheeks, or is lost in transfixed wonder. He says that this is enough now, he is ready to die. He has seen salvation and he can depart in peace. But what has he seen, really?