A Vigil Ended

Why did the Blessed Mother and St. Joseph bring the baby Jesus to the Temple? Because the Law of the Old Covenant commanded that every firstborn son be consecrated to the Lord and redeemed by a sacrifice.

Why did the Law require this? Because the freedom of the nation of Israel rested on the death of the firstborn throughout the land of Egypt, in the days of Moses. The consecration of the firstborn, as the book of Exodus puts it,

will be like a sign on your hand and a band on your forehead that with a strong hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt (13:16).

Day and night, St. Simeon kept this sign on his hand and this band on his forehead. He kept a perpetual vigil of faith.

The Lord our God, the mighty and strong, slow to anger, swift to bless—He liberated us, brought us out of nothingness itself. He gave us our land, flowing with milk and honey. He gave us this holy Temple on Abraham’s mountain.

He did it all for a reason, His reason. And now we await the fulfillment of His plan, the consummation of our nation’s task. It will come in God’s time; it will come at the right moment.

I may grow old and blind and weary. But I will wait on the Almighty hand. I will wait here at the very spot where Abraham trusted God. Abraham trusted to the point of his own firstborn’s death…

So whispered Simeon to himself. And then the Blessed Mother walked through the door, with the God of Abraham in her arms.

Forget Everything I Said

Blatche armpit sandwich.  Check please.
Blatche armpit sandwich. Check please.
I do not like the cold.

Also: last month I said that I did not like the gimmicky throw-back Wizards uniforms. Why masquerade as the “Zephyrs?”

But you can forget about all that nonsense on my part.

The Wizards can wear the Zephyrs uniforms whenever they want. And it can get down to zero degrees whenever it wants. No problem.

The Knicks owned the third quarter tonight. But–and I am NOT making this up–the WIZARDS owned the fourth quarter.

Yes, you heard that right. No, you did not misread. The Wizards dominated the fourth quarter of the game. There are four quarters. I.e.: The Wizards actually WON the game!!

2) If you are a dyed-in-the-wool Michael Jackson fan from youth like me, you might enjoy this astoundingly creative cover of one of his obscure hits. Who would ever have thought to cover “Smooth Criminal?” And like this? (NOTE: If you are not a dyed-in-the-wool Michael Jackson fan from youth, just skip this.)

Alien Ant Farm
Alien Ant Farm

presentationC) The ovewhelming majority of voters declared that Christmas ended this past Sunday. I find this very depressing.

Can’t we have Christmas until at least February 2nd?

When He was 40 days old, they took Him up to the Temple in Jerusalem to offer Him to the Father.