It comes from the Greek word meaning the encounter. Christmas season has been tucked away for weeks now, yet today’s feast is tied so closely to the Incarnation of our Lord as Simeon encounters the Jesus. The solemnity of today calls us to consider how the Old Covenant meets the New Covenant, an old generation meets the new and eternal generation. Yet, this meeting is not one of many meetings, it is the pinnacle meeting in human history. Christ comes to transcend death, to open paradise to every believer and person of good will. He is the eternal flame, the unapproachable light burning with love, giving us access into his heart.
Here’s a picture of a view during Christmas Eve 2014. I am sipping my cup of coffee this morning looking at this same view over the City of Francis. As this coffee begins to wake me up, I think of how all the night lights in the buildings of this metropolitan city will dim as the sun radiates the day. Just like the sun, Jesus is the light that curses the darkness. How will we allow Jesus to meet us? Will we recognize him in this encounter? He is the light of the world, the light that curses the darkness. Happy Candlemas to all!