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Saturday, February 02, 2013

The Presentation of the Lord at the Temple

Simeon, receiving the infant Jesus in his hands, was so overcome with joy that he was ready to leave everything behind; he was ready to die -- rejoicing in the privileged knowledge that salvation had come to the world. When we receive the Jesus in our hands and tongues and into our body at the Holy Eucharist, should we not be likewise ecstatic? Is that not such a privilege, profoundly undeserved? To be so blessed to receive Jesus, his Body and Blood, his soul and divinity given to us so magnanimously! Can salvation come more intimately than that?

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