It is so good to be back online and reconnected to the world wide web. I say that with some sincerity and some sarcasm. It is hard to believe that 10yrs ago almost no one knew about the internet...and nowadays, everyone is connected to it. So much so that my father-in-law has actually bought 2 cars on e-bay. How crazy is that!
It has taken a few weeks to settle in to my new work and surroundings at All Saints--Portsmouth. But things are going well and I'm now back online. And what a good day to begin posting. Today is the feast of Candlemas. AKA the Purification of St. Mary. It is the day we celebrate Mary's coming to the Temple to be pronounced ritually clean, following the birth of her son, Jesus.
For us modern folk, this ancient ritual looses much of its meaning in translation. However, it is during this event that Simeon takes the baby Jesus in his arms and proclaims...Lord, now let your servant depart in peace, according to your word. For my eyes have seen thy salvation which you have prepared before the face of all people. To be the light to lighten the nations and the glory of your people Israel...
What a great reminder of what being connected is really about. One can only imagine Simeon's emotions as he held Jesus in his arms, and in the infant seeing all the hope of his people and his generation fulfilled in the baby. In the midst of being back online, I have to ask myself what is being connect really about.