Have you ever been dragging along, confused, dejected, defeated, lonely, lost, wounded or grieving? Most of us know the place where this happens, and we do our best to stay as far away as we can. Still, it shows up in front of us. In this reading, St Luke tells us about a couple who are in this place. Jesus comes to them and they find themselves renewed and hopeful once again. Let’s see if we can put ourselves beside them in this journey from despair to hope.