-- G. K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles
- - - - - - - - - -Today we are celebrating the coming of our Savior and his mother to the temple: let us imitate the people who met him there. First there was the saintly Simeon who, led to the temple by the Spirit, took the child in his arms and blessed the Lord. The widow Anna, a devout woman, came at the same time, gave thanks to God and spoke of the child to everyone who awaited the ransoming of Israel. Let us also come to meet Jesus and rejoice greatly as we take him in the arms of our good works; let us proclaim his great name, and tell of his mercy and the wonderful things he has done for us who await the ransoming of Jerusalem and the comforting of Israel. The psalmist foresaw that comforting by the light of the Spirit when he said: You will gladden us, Lord, with the joy of your presence; everlasting delights are in your right hand.
May Christ our Savior bring this desire of ours to fulfillment, for he took flesh for us and gave himself up to ransom us with his own blood, and he lives and reigns with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen.
-- Rabanus Maurus, Hom. VIII in Hypapanti: PL 110, 19-20.