Today's Gospel featured the dear, holy Simeon, co-star of the Fourth Joyful Mystery. Elizabeth's words in praise of Mary ("Blessed is she who believed that the Lord's promise would be fulfilled!") apply equally well to Simeon. The Holy Spirit had revealed to Simeon that he would not die until he had seen the Anointed, the Christ. And Simeon spent his life relying on that word. It was as if the Lord's promise was as good as fulfilled for Simeon, so that coming to the Temple on that day, 40 days after the birth of Jesus, "sight" was added to "faith," but nothing really changed in Simeon.
The faith of Mary and Simeon is that kind that Jesus praised: "Blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it."
Tomorrow is the Feast of the Holy Family. Happy Feast Day to all, especially to fathers and mothers!