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"And a sword will pierce your own soul." (Luke 2:35)
Simeon's song tells us that Jesus is a light to lighten the Gentiles, but also that he is destined for the fall and rise of many. Clearly Jesus brings discomfort as well as comfort to those around him. So in our post-Christmas comfort, are we ready to cope with the uncomfortable Jesus, who asks us challenging and awkward questions?
God our Father, give us the ability to hear what you are saying to us through Jesus, and courage to accept the divine discomfort. Amen.