Monday & Saturday

LORD, GRANT ME THE GRACE OF PURITY OF MIND, BODY, HEART AND WILL

Luke 2: 22-28

Jesus Presented at the Temple

21 And after eight days were accomplished, that the child should be circumcised, his name was called JESUS, which was called by the angel, before he was conceived in the womb.

22 And after the days of her purification, according to the law of Moses, were accomplished, they carried him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord:

23 As it is written in the law of the Lord: Every male opening the womb shall be called holy to the Lord:

24 And to offer a sacrifice, according as it is written in the law of the Lord, a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons:

The Prophecy of Simeon

25 And behold there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Ghost was in him.

26 And he had received an answer from the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Christ of the Lord.

27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when his parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law,

28 He also took him into his arms, and blessed God, and said:

 
Under the Old Covenant, women were considered ceremonially “unclean” for a period of time following childbirth due to the discharge of blood. At the end of the time of her purification, the woman was required to bring an offering to make atonement so that she could be pronounced ceremonially “clean” again (see Lev 12). It was after this time of “purification” that Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the Temple, together with their offering of two turtle doves (see Lk 2:22-38). 

Given that God preserved Mary from sin, Mary had not have been subject to the labour pains and bloodletting which came about as a result of the Curse (see Gen 3:16). This is a logical conclusion of the Church’s teaching of Mary’s Perpetual Virginity, which has been affirmed by the Church Fathers since the earliest times. Furthermore, St. John of Damascus affirms that the birth of Jesus “surpassed the established order of birth giving, as it was without pain; for, where pleasure had not preceded, pain did not follow”.

If this is true, and Mary did not require purification, why did she succumb to this requirement of the Law? What we have already seen in the Second Joyful Mystery gives us a glimpse at the answer i.e. she was filled with the spirit of Christ. Since Jesus Christ was the Divine Lawgiver, He was, in principle, not subject to the Law.  However, to show obedience, He humbled Himself and made Himself subject to the Law. In the same way, Mary humbled herself to obey the Law of God, even though she could have argued that the way in which Christ had been born, without “tainting” her Virginity, repudiated her need for purification. 

In imitation of Jesus and Mary, the Third Joyful Mystery calls us to subject ourselves humbly in obedience to God. Even when God’s requirements do not make sense, faith answers in humble obedience. 

 

Our Father......

1.  When the day came to purify them according to the law of Moses, the couple brought him up to Jerusalem 
so that he could be presented to the Lord.  (Lk. 2: 22)  - Hail Mary...


2.  There lived in Jerusalem at the time a certain man named Simeon.  He was just and pious....and the Holy 
Spirit was upon him.  (Lk. 2: 25)  - Hail Mary...


3.  It was revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not experience death until he had seen the Anointed 
of the Lord.  (Lk. 2: 26)  - Hail Mary...


4.  He came to the temple now, inspired by the Spirit, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus...he took 
him in his arms and blessed God.  (Lk. 2: 27-28)  -
 Hail Mary...

5.  "Now Master, you can dismiss your servant in peace;  you have fulfilled your word."  (Lk. 2: 29)
- Hail Mary...


6.  "For my eyes have witnessed your saving deed, displayed for all the peoples to see."  (Lk. 2: 30-31)
- Hail Mary...


7.  Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother;  "This child is destined to be the downfall and the rise of 
many in Israel, a sign that will be opposed."  (Lk. 2: 34)  - Hail Mary...


8.  "And you yourself shall be pierced with a sword - so that the thoughts of many hearts may be laid bare."
(Lk. 2: 35)  - Hail Mary...


9.  When the pair had fulfilled all the prescriptions of the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee and their 
own town of Nazareth.  (Lk. 2: 39)  - Hail Mary...


10.  The child grew in size and strength, filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him.  (Lk. 2: 40)
- Hail Mary...


Glory be to the Father...

O My Jesus, forgive us our sins...

 

There had never been a presentation like the one that took place in the Temple that day, and there never would be again. Mary and Joseph were presenting the Only Begotten Son to the Eternal Father, in a temple that was merely the shadow and copy of the real temple in heaven. They were also acknowledging that this child was not their own, and that his first bond of kinship was to his Heavenly Father. Mary was not one to cling to her child with overprotective love, as some mothers do. Yet even she, the selfless and obedient one, was promised that a sword of sorrow would pierce her heart on the day of separation. Why does God give us such beautiful gifts and then ask us to give them up?  Why does he allow a loving heart to be pierced with loss?  These questions must be brought to Mary, who suffered this sword in a terrible way, more than any mother, any father. Through this mystery, she can help your heart accept what your mind cannot understand.
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