It’s NOT Groundhog Day

It’s February 2nd, but it’s NOT Groundhog Day.

It’s 40 days after Christmas, and though we’re looking around and wondering how much longer this winter will last, it’s NOT Groundhog Day.

It’s February 2nd, 40 days after Christmas, and it’s the Feast of the Presentationwhen we celebrate the day Jesus was presented in the temple.

It’s a day to celebrate the poor, since Mary and Joseph brought a poor person’s offering to the temple that day (and when I say “celebrate,” I mean remember and serve).

It’s a day to celebrate long waiting on God and God’s faithfulness, since Simeon had waited long for the Messiah Jesus, Holy Spirit had told him he’d not die until he saw the Messiah, and God was faithful to that promise (and when I say “celebrate,” I mean keep waiting and believing). 

It’s a day to celebrate a piercing sword as the call of God since Simeon told Mary that a sword would pierce her soul as Jesus caused the falling and rising of many in Israel and revealed the thoughts of people’s hearts (and when I say “celebrate,” I mean accept the swords in the same way we accept whatever seems nicer than a sword).

It’s a day to celebrate worshiping widows since the prophet Anna was at the temple all the time worshiping God and told everyone about Jesus (and when I say “celebrate,” I mean honor and proclaim their worth and story). 

(And she’s the third heroine in the Jesus story)

Today, we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation because, no matter what that groundhog does,

we will hope.

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